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).