August 5, 2009

Dakshin Chitra - A heritage village

Site Name: Dakshin Chitra
Site Type: Heritage Village
Location:  Muttukadu, 35 kms from Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique tourist attraction in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India

Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road 
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

Chennai is considered as the gateway to South India. The capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India has hundreds of tourist sites which include museums, British period monuments, temples, beach, etc. Let us explore a unique tourist attraction called Dakshin Chitra in this article.

Do you like South Indian architecture? Would you like to visit the traditional South Indian homes? Do you want to watch weaving? Are you interested in trying your hands on pottery? Wanna buy some traditional items? Interested in paintings or antiques? Feel like enjoying one full day in fun with family members? Want to know about a beautiful picnic spot near Chennai? Wanna try time machine to travel 200 years back to South India? The answer for all these questions is Dakshin Chitra.

Dakshin Chitra is located at a distance of around 35 kms from Chennai in ECR in Muttukadu village.

Dakshin Chitra is a heritage centre, which houses model traditional villages of four South Indian states - Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. You can find the exact and accurate reconstructed traditional streets and houses. There are also houses such as potters house and weavers house to promote the art. You can also find shops, where you can buy crafts.

When you visit these traditional houses, you would exactly feel as if you are standing in the original house. My favorite house is Chettinad house with huge corridors and full of pillars. What a royal life the Chettinad people would have lived? After Chettinad house, my favorite vote goes to Ayyanar shrine. Very beautiful model temple indeed! Some of the wall paintings that I saw in the village are extraordinarily good.

You will enjoy this place for sure. Don't miss this marvel when you come down to Chennai.

Happy travelling.


  1. EXCELLENT pictures in your posts. Always look forward to seeing what your doing.

  2. I had an opportunity to visit and observe one collet (tool used on lathes)manufacturing unit in Coimbatore. I was surprised to see their system of manufacturing as well as inspection, packing at vaious stages. Some of the staff including quality control was women. The set up similar to the one you have shown had been housed in single stroried structures.Their prices were competative and quality was top class.The way they treated customers was very nice thru' their service. Your post recalled my memories. Thanks.

  3. I have been reading your posts and visiting the places in Chennai. These are not mentioned anywhere. Tamilnadu Tourism Corpn undertakes a tour. Do they take us to these spots? I am curious to know. Pl go ahead and let us know much more. Regards.
    Nikheel Shaligram

  4. Very interesting post. I am tempted to visit Ayynar temple and Chettinad House immediately!

  5. a place every visitor to chennai should not miss to visit and a treasure of knowledge to know about the ancient south indian culture