DakshinaChitra: Located at around 25kms from Chennai, this place presents the glorious and splendid culture and traditions of 4 states of South India(Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka). Coined as a picture of the South this living-history museum, this place is managed by an NGO. Dakshina Chitra showcases the inundated art and craft of the South Indian heritage, living traditions of art. They also organize classical dances and other workshops inside the place.
Dakshinachitra  offers a glimpse of the culture and heritage of the bygone era in South India. It’s by far the most different tourist destination I have seen in Chennai. It describes cultural heritage of South India states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Kerala.
We booked an Ola cab and about an hour later, we reached Dakshin Chitra. While it's almost always crowded, you can get away from the crowd by going in deeper. They have stalls of all kinds, selling small and colourful accessories. They even have typical village ladies sitting by houses and offering various services such as mehendi and cloth painting using wooden stamps. You get to take the hand kerchief once you paint it!I even had my palm read by a sweet lady who said I would travel the world and see a lot of places! I was glad to hear that! The people there are extremely genuine about what they do. While certain services or products may seem a little over-priced, you don't feel the pinch only because everyone is polite and you feel satisfied at the end of the experience.
There is another place that stands out for me. In the last days of my stay in Chennai I stumbled upon this place and I am glad I did. DakshinaChitra is a museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. Situated in Muttukadu, it has a collection of 18 authentic historical houses with contextual exhibitions in each house. A must visit!Hoping these reasons are enough to entice you into visiting Chennai and falling in love with it.A happy read!