D is for DakshinaChitra #BlogchatterA2Z

We lived in Bangalore before we moved here, and that city had plenty of getaway options that were just a drive away.  Chennai lacks that, sadly. It does not have too many quick getaways on the outskirts of the city. The few options that Chennai-ites do have, the hot and humid weather rarely permits us to enjoy them.  Also, when friends and relatives come visiting us we are at a loss where to take them.


DakshinaChitra – The Living Museum is one place you could look forward to when you are in Chennai. About 25+  kms away from the heart of the city this place is just a drive away and perfect for a day or half a day visit.

It is a non-profit NGO and all the profit generated by this popular tourist spot goes into the development and maintenance of the museum.


The literal translation of DakshinaChitra is ‘Picture of the South’. This living history museum showcases the South Indian heritage, culture and lifestyle of the 4 regions of Southern India – Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Each of the regions has a house typical to it built on the sprawling 10 acre campus. Each house showcases something that is unique to that region. For example, the Andhra Pradesh house has the entire weaving and dyeing process of its famous ‘Telia Rumal’ fabric.

The process of dyeing the famous Telia Rumal fabric, in the Andhra Pradesh House.

DakshinaChitra also holds exhibits, sales, and live shows. You’ll also find a Crafts Bazaar many colourful stalls vying for your attention. These are set up by craftspeople from all over India. Jewellery, textiles, food products are what you could buy.

Indulge in activities like Pottery, Grinding Rice, Puppet Making, Glass-Blowing, Block Printing and more.

There are additional activities on Weekends, like Puppet Show, Folk Dances, Bullock Cart Ride


They have a Restaurant and a Food Court where you could have your meal. Clean toilets are within easy reach.

If you are planning to visit DakshinaChitra, here are the details;

Entry Fee Per Adult: Rs 150, and you can spend the whole day there.

No outside food is allowed.

It is closed on Tuesdays

Open all other days of the week from 10 am to 6 pm.

Weekends and Public Holidays 10 am to 7 pm


Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Carry a Cap / Umbrella

 Written for the theme

My A to Z of Chennai: The City Viewed Through An Outsiders Eye


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  1. I have lived in Chennai but have missed DakshinChitra. Both my wife and daughter have been to many places but I seem to have missed out on the attractions of Chennai. Even though I am a Tamilian I am making a list of all the places I will visit next time I am in Chennai. DakshinChitra definitely seems very interesting.

  2. I am enjoying your posts on Chennai…didnt know all these places and looking forward to more. #blogchatterA2Z

  3. Wow. Thank you for taking on a tour of Chennai

  4. Mayuri Nidigallu Nidhinarang

    Great post

  5. This looks like a perfect getaway. It reminds of Ragi Kana here in Bangalore where they do a lot of similar activities like pottery etc. The place you have showcased is bigger and showcases more. Definitely a gem to visit.

  6. My kid just loves this place and the various concerts they have there

  7. This was a completely new thing about Chennai for me. Every time that I read your posts, I’m amazed by the city.

  8. The museum and the crafts bazaar look amazing. I’m eager to know more about Chennai:)

  9. Ill ask my cousin to take me here when I visit her in Chennai!

  10. Mayuri Nidigallu Rashi Roy

    Will refer your blog before going to Chennai

  11. I have lived in Chennai but never visited this place.I wish I would have known about it prior.

  12. Mayuri Nidigallu Noor Anand Chawla

    This seems quite interesting. Something like Dilli Haat or the Crafts Museum in Delhi, if you’ve ever been?

  13. Mayuri Nidigallu Deepa

    Dakshina chitra sounds like perfect getaway for people who love art and craft. I would love to visit a place like this. Lovely pictures.

  14. This sounds like a unique museum. Definitely worth a visit. This series is digging out quite a few hidden gems of Chennai. Loving your posts dear.

  15. OMGG i want it! It’s beautiful. Loving your post

  16. Beautiful! I missed this 🙁 In fact, I heard about this for the first time.

  17. This reminds me of Dilli Haat. I love the places where I can shop crafts and hand made products. And this looks like one. The love the vibrant pic of the handicraft shop.

  18. Wow! This seems to be a really interesting place. Its such a wonderful idea to write about your city Chennai. Gives you the opportunity to visit all its corners and we too get to go on an e-visit! Great topic. Happy AtoZ!!

  19. DakshinaChitra seems like a perfect get-away. The activities are fun and interesting, I would like to learn pottery one of these days. The Crafts Bazaar is so fascinating!

  20. Seems to be a very interesting place, never knew about it. Great Topic you have chosen to explore.

  21. This looks like an interesting place something I would enjoy. I love knowing more about history and crafts.

  22. Wow! This place looks amazing! And so colorful! Totally Dilli-Haat type! I wouldn’t mind spending a day here every now and then! 😛
    Find my D post @ When I Drove A Car

  23. I have heard and read about these when was in Bangalore, but never got the chance to look at the images or research about it. Beautiful feature M, loving the Chennai tour via your eyes.

  24. This is such a vibrant place, M. It would a be interesting to visit the house of each state and witness its specialty for real. I will have a field time shopping here for my home as well.

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