Little India is a place located in Central Singapore where one can find and experience the rich culture of the local Indian community. As you already guessed from the name , it’s originally the place where tamil immigrants reside when they first come to Singapore.
Little India is also known as “Tekka”
Though I grown up in Singapore, I only visit India Little a few times (including the field excursions in primary or secondary school) . So, we decided to set off for a short saturday evening expedition to explore and experience the Indian culture.
Here is the map of Little India for your convenience. You can click here for the pdf version. (Credits to Uniquely Singapore – Visit Singapore)
Getting to Little India
With MRT – Little India is easily accessible by north-east line (purple). You can either alight at Little India station (exit e) or Farrer Park Station. I strongly recommend taking MRT.
With Cars or Taxi/Cab – It may be hard to get Taxi/Cab to Little India on weekends. You can either use phone booking or cab booking apps like Uber or Grabtaxi.
The weather is pretty hot! We took a train to Little India (purple line) and only spend around 1.5 hours taking a stroll along the streets. When we alighted from the station, we can already feel the Indian culture! You will feel you are instantly transported to India.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Little India Singapore
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple is among the oldest temples you can find in Singapore. It was said that during Japanese Occupation, many people sought refuge here for Kali’s protection The architecture is pretty amazing right?
Graffiti on Buildings
While walking along the streets, you can also see quite a number of graffiti depicting the Indian community. We saw some tourists taking photos with the graffiti and decided we should take some too. 🙂
House of Tan Teng Niah
This colorful house caught our attention! The House of Tan Teng Niah is located at the centre of Little India. After researching, we found out that the House of Tan Teng Niah isn’t part of the Indian community. It’s built by a chinese businessman for his wife. Nevertheless, go take some photos with it!
Here are some other attractions you may want to visit when you are in Little India.
- Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
- Mustafa Centre
- The Temple of Thousand Lights
- Tekka Centre / Market
- Little India Arcade
Though it’s just a short stroll along Little India, we are greatly immersed into the Indian culture and heritage for the whole evening. Definitely, we will be making another trip down to visit the other attractions in Little India. Till then.