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  • Address: East Coast Road, Muttukadu
  • Hours: Wed-Mon: 10am - 6pm
  • Admission: Indians: Adult Rs 75, Children (5-12 years) Rs 20; Foreigners: Rs 200

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The heritage village of Dakshinachitra, meaning ‘A Picture of the South,' was established to help preserve the folk art and cultural traditions of southern India, particularly from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Artisans trained in traditional techniques work in the 17 heritage houses and village tableaus within the 10 acres (four hectares) of rural land just south of Chennai. Many of the pots, baskets, woven silk pieces, puppets and stone carvings you see being made can be purchased directly from the artists or in the gift shop; and items from these artists are both authentic and of high quality. Dancers, musicians, traditional fortune tellers and puppeteers all perform throughout the day in the open-air venue.

The Dakshinachitra grounds house a South Indian restaurant and a small guesthouse with both private rooms and dormitories. While a few hours should be sufficient to see all the sights, a night’s stay makes for a nice escape from the busy city center, particularly if you’re traveling with children. Despite the sometimes heavy traffic on the way from Chennai, the well-maintained cultural center is well worth a visit.

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Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Join this private full-day tour to explore the history of Mahabalipuram, an important ancient port well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The group of ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

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On this private tour from Chennai, journey back in time to discover traditional South Indian culture through its artistic, architectural and religious ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.75

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