Tour of Little India – A taste of Bollywood in Singapore

A photo captured during Thaipusam proceedings in Singapore photo by @dominik_photography via Unsplash

Travel Guide: Little India, Singapore

After visiting the busy Chinatown, we headed to Little India for a short walking tour of Singapore’s Indian District. It’s like I was time-space warped (if there’s such a word), this time from China to India.

Sri Veeramakalimman Temple
Sri Veeramakalimman Temple

The place looks pretty much the same as Chinatown since the streets of Little India are also composed of colorful shophouses but the scent of jasmine garlands, Indian spices and the sounds of Bollywood made me realize that I’m in a completely different world.

Inside the Temple in Little India
Inside the Temple in Little India

Little India is a famous go-to place in Singapore if you are looking for sari fabrics, Punjabi tops, and pants, silk products, furniture, gold accessories, souvenir shops, henna tattoo shops and specialty shops that sells Indian spices.

Little India Flower Shops
Little India Flower Shops

Little India is located on the east side of the Singapore River and north of Kampong Glam. This ethnic quarter became the home of the first Indian settlers who arrived in Singapore back in 1819.

Indian Magazine
Indian Magazine

We first visited the Sri Veeramakalimman Temple – the largest Hindu Temple in Serangoon. The Sri Veeramakalimman Temple also became the center for their sociocultural activities.

A photo captured during Thaipusam proceedings in Singapore photo by @dominik_photography via Unsplash
A photo captured during Thaipusam proceedings in Singapore photo by @dominik_photography via Unsplash

Today the Temple also became the meeting place of many Hindu tourists from India and workers from Tamil Nadu. Visiting the temple is free but make sure to take off your shoes before entering the temple.

Sari Shops in Singapore
Sari Shops in Singapore

We also sampled some of the Indian delicacies after visiting the temple. While walking towards the northern part of Serangoon, we saw several souvenir shops that sell saris, gold bangles, and Bollywood music and movie DVD’s which are pretty much abundant in every alleyway.

House of Indian Spices in Singapore
House of Indian Spices in Singapore
Lady outside Sri Veeramakalimman Temple
Lady outside Sri Veeramakalimman Temple

Unlike Chinatown, there’s not much Tech and gadget stores in Little India but a Gadget Mecca called Sim Lim in Rochor Canal Road is just right across the street.

Gold Accessories in Little India
Gold Accessories in Little India

We didn’t get a chance to sample Indian cuisine available mostly in Serangoon road since we have a scheduled buffet lunch in Tepak Sireh Restoran after our Kampong Glam tour. I might go back this year to check out some of Little India’s best restaurants.

Indian Bangles
Indian Bangles

Little India is packed with interesting things to discover. Too many things to explore.. too little time 🙁

Indian Sweets
Indian Sweets

How to get there

Famous MRT entry points are the North-East line, Farrer Park station near Serangoon Road and Bugis station on the East-West line if you plan to visit Little India via MRT.

Next Stop: Kampong Glam

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  1. SPECIAL GOLD says

    COOL THIS PLACE ..

  2. YourYogi says

    Great Article! I would love to go there.

  3. Tours India says

    Little India in Singapore? Such a lovely place to go.

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  5. NLP India says

    Great post!

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    amazing pictures

  7. Cinema Gupshup says

    bollywood rocks man…

  8. Heart Necklace : says

    i think most flower shops these days use plant food to extend the life of cut flowers:.”

  9. Christian Mother says

    Thoughtful and interesting, thank you. I grew up in manilla but moved to england at such a young age I can hardly remember anything apart from the delicious food. I finally found some authentic Filipino recipes if you want to have a look, I thought I’d share it with you!

  10. Marlowe says

    Great post… Also try this Singapore Culture tour for a complete appreciation of the Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures in Singapore.

  11. Discussion Forum says

    Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this post. I look forward to future posts.

  12. Helen says

    Hi

    Would appreciate if someone could tell me where I may buy DVDs of Bollywood movies? None of the regular DVD stores seem to carry any dvds on Bollywood movies.

  13. Travel Guide: 4 Free Things to Do in Singapore - Out of Town Blog

    […] Singapore’s Little India is another fascinating area for a walking tour. Explore the Indian markets and browse through piles of saris, silks, jewellery and incense sticks, buy some Indian spices and stop for a cup of sweet, milky Indian tea. The nearest MRT station is Little India. […]

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