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DakshinaChitra Museum

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Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 603 118, India
Phone Number: +91 442 747 2603
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A unique concept of bringing South India’s cultural traditions all under...

A unique concept of bringing South India’s cultural traditions all under one roof, Dakshin Chitra is a little out of the city (25 kilometers) but certainly worth your while. Dakshin Chitra actually means "picture of the south" and that’s exactly what you should expect to see. Educational and fun at the same time, this is a center for a complete orientation to Southern India’s four states. You can experience the living traditions, performing arts, music, crafts and architecture on the 10-acre spread. The earthy feel of the structure and its surroundings transport visitors into the cultural milieu. Dakshin Chitra is great for both children and adults as you can try your hand at glass blowing, pottery and traditional games.

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Place to visit for having Traditional feel

This place have traditional real house of south India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka & Anadha) This is best place for photo shoots. Also there is puppet show happening here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place have traditional real house of south India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka & Anadha) This is best place for photo shoots. Also there is puppet show happening here which is famous.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this place for attending a Tamil wedding.its a nice big place with typical Tamil environment. It gives an opportunity to learn South Indian culture. For wedding and other events its good choice only cons is Chennai weather that makes difficult to enjoy any function as there is no AC and limited fans with sands all over.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Splendid place for art lovers, nice ambience, well maintained, informative, worth visiting, never miss it

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this place on a week end along with friends and thier family. We had a great time. This is must see and is about a hour drive from Adyar, located ion ECR in Muttukkadu. Good experiece to see our culture and heritage. we enjoyed it.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

its a great place to know about traditional values and culture of our country.i strongly recommend this place for a day picnic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Dakishnachitra is like an old museum well preserved. Here you will see old traditional houses. Its quite and peaceful place. Its worth visiting

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Visited here in December 2015 with family. This museum is a must place to visit if you want to explore south indian culture and understand their living with multiple Indian states model houses built under one common roof. The focus is to show the life style and houses of all types of community workers from different southern state like tamilnadu,... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

This is a living museum which shows the display of cross cultural art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. Near to Mayajal, ECR in Chennai. Worth to spent 2 hours at this place. This place has around 18 different houses to display the lifestyle of South India which includes houses from Tamilnadu, kerala, AP and Karnataka. Good... More 

Thank NileshWankhade
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Very interesting and well maintained Heritage museum. It will definitely bring back memories for our parents and our childhood visit to our native village. Can be expanded with more attractions and marketed with events.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Amazing place which showcases the culture of South India. There are: 1.Girls performing peahen dance 2. Houses of olden times 3. Toys of olden times 4. Lots of greenery 5. Much more Shopping is not advisable because rates are 4-6times double.

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