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