Dakshinchitra in Chennai, Tamilnadu
Due to latest modern development and constructing techniques in the field construction we would not be able to witness the beauty of traditional south Indian homes but Dakshinchitra would be the only place which would quench the taste of traditional south Indian home lovers. Dakshinchitra plays a vital role towards preserving some of traditional south Indian way of life. South Indian culture and arts that is one and only Dakshinchitra is located on ECR road at Muttukadu. According to the name it is a place where south Indian culture, arts are being preserved with safety and stands for its name.
History of Dakshinchitra
Dakshinchitra a traditional south Indian cultural heritage had it establishment in the year 1996 by Madras Craft Foundation situated on a 10 acres of ground towards pondichery route along the ECR highway. Dakshinchitra would act as a Heritage Village where the public would be able to witness models of various houses built in 18th and 19th century from different states of India like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. Visitor of Dakshinchitra may have an opportunity to view 17 historically reconstructed homes from different places of various states. Old Houses brought from Karaikudi with its roof and verandah structure can be visible here for South India culture lovers. More over items taken from the Kings of Karaikudi like Rice kadhir, Marakkapadi, Thottil, Nadavandi can be seen here.
It does not stop with it you can get into kuvair house and let's to know how they make their pots. Every year these people during Aadi Perukku and Ayyanaar festival built goat, cow and elephant on their hands and their dedication it to their lord is an interesting fact.
Weaving works done at Kanchipuram by a weaver can also noted here. In one street u can see Brahmin house types as in Tirunelveli and various castes house like Hindu, Muslim, Christian house built in Kerala can also be noted here. We should not forget to get into Andhra Pradesh Weavers House and Karnataka weavers House
In order not to destroy the traditional South Indian culture Dakshinchitra every year conducts various programs like dances by art people which let them to motivate their arts. You can be also able to view various arts and technical specialization of works can also be viewed and purchased if necessary. Visitors on their way are introduced to traditional handicrafts like kalam kari, pottery and Silk weaving. Also visitors are allowed to have try over various items and catch out puppet show, palmistry, astrology and many more.
Types of Houses Available at Dakshinchitra
Dakshinchitra has rich set of traditional South Indian houses and the visitors of Dakshinchitra can make up their mind and view different varieties of typical houses found in many villages from different regions. Some of available typical houses are highlighted below as:
Agriculturist house from Mayavaram - Tamil Nadu
Weavers house from Kanchipuram - Tamil Nadu
Agraharam Brahmin house from Tirunelveli - Tamil Nadu
Potters house from Chengelpattu - Tamil Nadu
Basket weavers mud house from Chengelpattu - Tamil Nadu
Ayyanaar shrine from South India - Tamil Nadu
Coastal Andhra Thatch house
Syrian Christian house - Kerala
Hindu house Calicut district - Trivandrum
Each of these houses are being built in their own style and act as an authentic traditional houses both in structure and its method of construction let it to stand ahead from other places in Chennai. So there is no doubt if we want to look , live and let live South Indian Traditional Culture and Arts then the first place that must comes to one's mind would be one and only Dakshinchitra. After your visit to Dakshinchitra and after spending quite few hours in Daakshinchitra you would definitely leave the place with no heart. There is no doubt that it would be the best calm place to spend in weekend along with your family.
Timing, Entrance Fees, Bus Route and Contact Address
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
Entrance fee: Adult – Rs75/-
Child – Rs20/-
School children- Rs30/-(below 18 years with ID card)
During Festivals – Rs 90/-
School student package – Rs80/-
Overseas (NRI) visitor – Rs200/- for adult
Rs70/- for children
Bus Route: 19, PP19, PP49 and all bus via ECR
Land mark: Next to MGM Dizee world
Address for Communication: Dakshinchitra,
East coast road,
Chengelpattu District - 600 118