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DakshinaChitra is located in Tamil Nadu
Location within Tamil Nadu
Established 14 December 1996 (18 years ago) (1996-12-14)
Location East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Chennai, India
Coordinates 12°49′21″N 80°14′35″E / 12.822423°N 80.243098°E / 12.822423; 80.243098
Type Heritage centre
Curator Deborah Thiagarajan
Website dakshinachitra.net

DakshinaChitra is a museum in Tamil Nadu dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. It is located 25 kilometers to the south of Chennai. The museum was founded and is being managed by the Madras Craft Foundation. It was first opened to the public on 14 December 1996.


DhakshinaChitra, open to public from December 1996, is a heritage village where the unique lifestyle of Indians is revived based on their states. The center occupies ten undulating acres overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Visitors may take a tour around DakshinaChitra visiting all the heritage homes; try art and craft activities; play traditional games; and view exhibitions that explain some of the rich traditions of South India.


Food (lunch and snacks) can be had at the restaurant Kanali. Authentic Indian crafts, art, textiles, jewelry and other interesting gifts are available at the Craft Shop located just inside the entrance. There is also a Craft Bazaar located inside the park-like grounds which includes many handmade items, many of which are being made as you watch as most of the artisans are present. The craftsmen and women will be happy to demonstrate or explain how they make their wares, all of which come from South India (mostly Tamil Nadu).

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Coordinates: 12°49′21″N 80°14′35″E / 12.822423°N 80.243098°E / 12.822423; 80.243098