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DakshinaChitra Museum

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Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu 603 118, India
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+91 44 2747 2603
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10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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The Dakshina Chitra Museum gives you an idea on south Indian folklore, the way they lived, their arts and crafts, the types of buildings, it is very well kept and is worth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Dakshina Chitra Museum gives you an idea on south Indian folklore, the way they lived, their arts and crafts, the types of buildings, it is very well kept and is worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting & well put together representation of the different housing styles used by locals in days gone by. There is also live entertainment in an outdoor theater at certain times. We were part of a tour group stopping here for the museum & lunch. I would recommend eating elsewhere -- the food is all vegetarian & pretty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be ready to spend half a day immersing yourself in the world of South India. History and culture of people of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are shown here. The concept of having different style houses according to different profession built in here is quite amazing.

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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To appreciate and understand the architecture and craft of south India at a place, we visited Dakshin Chitra in the morning of 10th Dec ,2016. Dakshin Chitra is a window to the south India showcasing its architecture , artisans , craft , folk performers , and music .The inspiration for Dakshin Chitra came from the artisans and the folk artists... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you wish to get a glimpse into houses of villages of South India this is the place to visit. I was very impressed with the maintenance of the place and the general quality of everything there. It is about an hour away from the city and you should have 3-4 hours on hand to explore this entirely.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Date of visit : 30 Dec 16 Guest strength : 12 Dakshinachitra is one of the few places in Chennai where you can actually relax a day in nature and enjoy old South India's culture & architecture. For the hasty ones, this place has lot of houses built in different household styles picked from South India. Houses from Mangalore, Kerala,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids should definetly be taken to this place as they will never see the cultural items or traditions outside these days as you can see at this place. If you go to MGM then plan to go this as this place takes good 2 hours but being out of town you can plan MGM and this place

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its was a unplanned and wonderfull bike ride to Dakshinachitra (Muttukadu) from Kodambakkam. One who want to know about South Indian culture can visit this place. We had enjoyed the village festival program done by Folks dance team from Dharmapuri.must visit place for who love culture, arcitecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very well done "living" museum. I wasn't expecting much since India itself is a living museum in many ways but they put together a selection of houses and lifestyles and art with some shops and crafts people. We were with a tour but I would have been happy to spend more time there. Easily a 1/2 day.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Situated about 20 km south of the heart of Chennai, along the East Coast Road to Mahabalipuram, the Dakshina Chitra "museum " is a charming place to spend 3-4 hours. Set up by an NGO and spread over 10 acres, it brings to life the ambience of rural South India. The main attractions are of course the houses built in... More 

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