The museum takes you back to the ancient Indian civilization. It is filled with 18 different houses of different religions. You can walk in the streets of the museum and observe the houses built using different architectural styles. Dakshina Chitra’s array of houses showcases how a house can differ from different religions and regions. Kerala houses are built with different types of roofing and wood is used in many parts of the house and a tradition is behind the house. An authentic Tamil brahmin house as a tulsi mandir for worship at the entrance the house will have a wide veranda out front or one that is located around the house called a thinner. Wooden pillars are supporting the roof of the thinner. There are many houses from different states such as Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. You can also enter each house and view the exhibition of furniture, and kitchen items, and how each and everything was done during the ancient period. You can find nets and boats in a fisherman’s house and when you enter a weaver’s house you will be showcased with different kinds of weaving equipment. There is also a storage facility for rice and other food items. Visiting this museum has a deep connection to the ancient Indian civilization and its culture.
In the streets of the museum, you can view different performances of folk dances from different localities. The dance of the false-legged horse is a very popular folk dance from Tamil Nadu. The artists fit inside a highly decorated horse shell and the legs are strapped with wooden legs; it sounds like an actual horse walking. The performance occurs in a dual combination and the duo interacts. They screech the horse at times to portray anger. Dakshina Chitra as performers from different states portrays native folk dances from different states.
Dakshina Chitra is a must-visit tourist destination for all the tourists who visit south India for a cross-cultural experience.