Singapore’s Little India is buzzing neighborhoods that show off the best of the local Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.
Little India is truly one of Singapore’s most colourful historical districts. Located right in in the southern part of Singapore, Little India is commonly known as Tekka in the local Tamil community.
This enclave of Indian culture is packed with temples, street merchants and food hawkers.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temples and one of the most spectacular places of worship in the city. This distinctive landmark, dedicated to the goddess Kali, has colourful and intricate statues.
Another remarkable temple with elaborate architecture is Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. This temple is the starting point of the annual Thaipusam procession. In this event, Hindu devotees walk with kavadis pierced into their bodies with spikes and hooks. Thaipusam is an act of religious thanksgiving perhaps for illnesses cured or wishes/prayers fulfilled.
Little India is also the venue for many other Hindu festival such as the Harvest Festival Ponggal, the Navarathiri and the Deepavali Festival which marks the triumph of good over evil. During Deepavali (Festival of Lights), many homes light little oil lamps to usher in happiness and good fortune. This is a month – long celebration in Little India that transforms the area into a hive of activity and color with festival bazaars and gaily-colored street lightings while the Indian community carry on with their festive shopping at the stalls in the place.
Little India is also known for its great shopping centers and awesome delicacies that will definitely make you not want to leave the place ever again!
Various shopping centers may be found within the area – most of which are often flocked by shoppers both tourists and locals.
Their food, on the other hand, has that exquisite taste of Indian cuisines. No need to go to India to try all those mouths – watering dishes! Singapore’s Little India has them too.
Now all you have to do is to come and enjoy!