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“Excellent day excursion”

DakshinaChitra Museum
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Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram from Chennai
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Muttukadu
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Excellent place to visit to see south indian art, culture and especially architecture.

The people who worked in the reception could do better. For example, if you want to do henna at the tamil nadu area, you have to return back to reception to pay. If information given prior by the reception, visitor could decide and pay instead of return back to the reception. Besides that, brochure of dakshanchitra with map and activities in each area could be provided.

The different types of south indian houses were interesting to see. The surrounding was clean and very calm.We also enjoyed the cultural dance (oyillatam & tappattam). We may have missed out some shows since we visited on weekday. Maybe weekends are better to visit this place.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

As the name indicates, the centre provided a picture of South India in terms of art, culture, architecture and tradition. Situated in the ECR just next to MGM, this is a beautiful place which hosts a number of cultural events and art galleries. Its a museum where you get to see models of different types of houses in different parts of South India with the traditional articles that are rarely found in modern houses these days. You can walk into these houses and get lost in the ancient art and cultural work displayed here. It also houses a restaurant which serves vegetarian (Indian)food. A treat for true art lovers..

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

While the place claims to show case the art forms of various Indian states, the number of shops selling wares are largely limited. Yet, I must say that I loved the various wooden puzzles that cater to the curiosity of various age groups, Orissa's patachitra paintings, accessories (bangles and earrings). Some of the stone carvings make for decent show-pieces, but you could get the same almost anyplace in India these days. The thing I liked the most was the self-help space where any art-enthusiast can use the raw materials they have left at our disposal to make anything of our interest:) The little play-area for children is a boon for families.

Thank SangeethaVineet
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

For those who have seen and lived in south indian villages, the trip can be nostalgic. For those visitors who are new to the south - it will be a cultural treat. I took my daughter who has never seen a mechanical device to grind nor been inside a thatched tent house. She was very curious and tried her skills in pottery, art and crafts. Since this is a 'not for profit ' organization, you would see many volunteers ready to explain the culture and show handicrafts. You can purchase items that are otherwise available only in villages - that are raw, simple, most of them costing below a us dollar. There is a good restaurant that provides south indian delicacies. Avoid going in peak summer as the heat can become unbearable. There is ample space for parking and there are special shows during weekdays.

Thank GSLChennai
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Go to this location if you like to see how the people in India have lived through decays.
Most of the housing is also demonstrating the main different religion in how the living is and have been.

Thank Svanner
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