Two new houses will soon be open to visitors at Dakshinachitra.
What’s it about? A decade since the last house opened in the Southern cultural heritage living-history museum, a Kerala Muslim house and a Coorg ainmane will soon be open to visitors.
- The Kerala house is a model of sustainability. It belongs to Muslim families in the state and has rain gutters to collect rainwater. The wells are almost inside the house.
- The ainmane was based on one found in the Arapattu village in Coorg, belonging to an okka or clan. The ceiling is built of cross beams covered with wooden planks to form an attic for storage.
History: Dakshinachitra opened in 1996 and is managed by the Madras Craft Foundation. It showcases ancient houses from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh. They’re relocated and reconstructed from their original locations.