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.
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
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