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Simply South Trail, Chennai

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Chennai

Looking for art and craft tourism in India? This experience takes you through Dakshinachitra Museum, a center for the living traditions of Indian culture, art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. Located on the east coast road at Muttukadu – 21 km south of Chennai, Dakshinachitra Museum is an attempt to preserve some of the traditional south Indian ways of life by constructing a ‘Living Village’ that houses some of the famous handicraft items in India with various traditional homes. Dakshinachitra Museum also operates a fair trade Craft Shop with crafts purchased directly from artisans and NGOs. Ethnic Indian handicrafts, textiles, jewelry and other gifts are available at the craft shop. In this India heritage tour, visitors are taken around the museum to meet the residents of heritage homes, learn art & craft activities, play traditional games and view exhibitions that explain some of the rich traditions of South India.  

This trail gives you an opportunity to take a closer look at varied south Indian art & craft. While on a leisurely stroll through Dakshinachitra, you cannot stop admiring the intricately carved entranceways, statues of gods and goddesses and traditionally painted murals on the walls of the complex are bound to catch your fancy.

The low slung heritage houses in the form of wooden dwellings are a treasure trove of stories and every door and courtyard has a tale to tell.  Simply South Trail offers fascinating insights into life of South India which is a hub of ancient Indian art and conservative traditions which are still deep rooted in the natives in spite of onslaught of modernization. 

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