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Dakshinachitra

Mahabalipuram

14.0/5(15 Ratings)

Dakshinachitra Overview

Ranked 10 of 22 sightseeing in Mahabalipuram

Dakshinachitra is a heritage village situated on the Mahabalipuram beach and is 25 km from Chennai. Tourists visit this place to see the heritage homes from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This village is developed as a model village representing the 19th century era. The artistic South Indian craft industry is featured here in its traditional form.

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What travellers are saying about Dakshinachitra

Experience scale
  • Good 4
  • Average 1
  • Very Good 1
  • Excellent 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Saturday:
12:00 AM -12:00 AM
Sunday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
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Other Details

Famous for:
Heritage Sites
Entry:
free
Not Allowed:
Pets
80% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran3.6/5

225 reviews

Dakshina chitra, Pride of South-India

Amazing place and well maintained. Good for ancient lovers and back century old tradion lifestyle and culture. It is 30 kilometres from Chennai city and close to Mahabalipuram. We can spend 3 to 4 hours here. All 4 states cluture and tradition houses they replanted from origin. People can hire a cab from Chennai or can come by bus. But better to come by cab. Entry fee for Indians 130 rs for weekend and 110 Rs for weekdays. Foreigners it is 250.

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  • Dakshina chitra, Pride of South-India
  • Dakshina chitra, Pride of South-India
  • Dakshina chitra, Pride of South-India
  • Dakshina chitra, Pride of South-India
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Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran3.6/5

225 reviews

Dakshina chitra . Pride of south india

Amazing place and well maintained. Good for ancient lovers and back century old tradion lifestyle and culture. It is 30 kilometres from Chennai city and close to Mahabalipuram. We can spend 3 to 4 hours here. All 4 states cluture and tradition houses they replanted from origin . People can hire a cab from Chennai or can come by bus. But better to come by cab. Entry fee for Indians 130 rs for weekend and 110 rs for weekdays. Foreigners it is 250.

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Rishi Narayanan

Rishi Narayanan5.0/5

41 reviews

Information temple about South India

The word 'Dakshina' means south and 'Chitra' means picture. So dakshinachitra means 'picture of the south'. This place gives you an excellent idea about the houses of different states of South India, especially how they are built, taking into consideration of the climate and the profession of the people in it. We can see the houses of a weaver, potter, farmer etc and also various houses like Chettinad Palace, Agraharam, wooden houses of Alappuzha, Muslim houses of Calicut, Chikmagalur house etc. more than a place of tourist interest, this place can be referred as an information temple.All the houses are made directly by collecting materials from the demolition site and so are of live size. This is a must visit place for architects and civil engineers.This place is on the ECR Road connecting Chennai and Pondicherry, at a distance of around 35km from Chennai. There is a vast parking area and a good hotel inside. To cover the place fully, you will take more than 4 hours.

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  • Information temple about South India
  • Information temple about South India
  • Information temple about South India

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3011 reviews

A Heritage Village

Indeed it is a heritage centre where traditional crafts and traditional life of South India is shown. As folk artists perform various magnificent cultural and dance programs in very traditional unique style, really a display of cultural heritage and a step towards its preservation. It has significant attraction for tourist and cultural heritage lovers.

Gowdhaman S

Gowdhaman S3.9/5

11 reviews

Place for ancient theme lovers

This place is unique in style which will envision the tourist with various cultures and practices of different people. People would come to know scenic beauty and also because of beach nearby and also there is ample amount of space to leisure around.

Nitin George

Nitin George3.2/5

3 reviews

Good place for people into art

Went there many years ago for a school trip, they teach you a lot of self skills. Very simple place, remember going for a cart ride. Lots of arts and craft, good for kids!

Ramdoss Allu

Ramdoss Allu3.9/5

5 reviews

Excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back

This is located around 30 kms from heart of Chennai on ECR, Tuesday holiday. This is an excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back in South India. They have constructed the replica of old houses of four southern states of India Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. You will come to know how people cooked what utensils they used, how people weaved cloths manually in those days. Your kids will come to know how people lived around 3-4 generations back.

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  • Excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back
  • Excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back
  • Excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back
  • Excellent place to know how people lived around 50-100 years back
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Rajanikanth S

Rajanikanth S4.3/5

6 reviews

Dakshinachitra-A journey into tradition

Dakshinachitra is an unique place to visit when you are at Chennai. It showcases the traditional houses of the four Southern states of India in intricate detail. All the houses displayed here are original houses relocated from their actual places and assembled here.Its a great learning place about our traditions and cultures. By visiting this place, one can visualise the living traditions of the yesteryears. In addition to the permanent traditional houses, Dakshinachitra has excellent galleries, which showcases the arts of various artistes. Since it's located on the attractive East Coast Road, many travellers on their way either to Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram from Chennai, will definitely makes a brief visit to this place.

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Angu  Balaji

Angu Balaji5.0/5

4 reviews

Various culture is found

This is the one place that brings all the states culture via the various structures and the model house and streets of those places. Say if it is the Karaikudi lane and it replicate the Karaikkudi house and the street.

Anup Umrao

Anup Umrao2.9/5

7 reviews

Perfect spot to enjoy

This place is a heritage of South India with preserved cultures and deities, its very cheap and perfect spot to enjoy. Advice is never give money to beggars instead purchase locals goods this will give them empowerment, there is Velumani spot restaurant where you can enjoy South Indian food.

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Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram

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Ramdoss Allu

Replica of muslim trader house in Karnataka state
Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram
Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram
Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram

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Pradeep Ramachandran

Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram