Unlike most of Singapore which is stylish and flashy, Little India is a surreal place which takes you 50 years into the past. I'll bet you will never be able to walk too far from the jasmine smell emanating from garland shops. An average westerner will quickly notice that Little India is dirtier, noisier and rowdier than the rest of Singapore. Always super crowded, traffic signals are often ignored, and rules are not much respected here. Recent riots in Little India have given it a bad name, but this was an unusual incident and it is a safe place for tourists.
|Deepavali festival lights on Serangoon Road, Little India|
|Traditional Indian clothes at Tekka Centre|
|Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple - one of the top 10 attractions in Singapore|
Temples: Little India has quite a few places of worship, and is riddled with temples. The most fascinating is the Sri Veeramakaliamman temple, which by itself is one of the top 10 things to do in Singapore. Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple and Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman temple are also quite popular. Other religious structures like Abdul Gafoor mosque, Foochow Methodist church and Central Sikh Gurdwara are also present.
|Indian dancers at Sitara Lounge in Serangoon Road|
|Barefeet Dining and please Sit DOWN in Lagnaa restaurant|
Restaurants: Eating in Little India is a must, and many restaurant still serve your food on banana leaves. The best restaurant here is Lagnaa , where you take off your shoes and sit on the floor to eat! Muthu's Curry is another restaurant popular for its crab and chicken delicacies.While Komala Vilas and Ananda Bhavan give you an authentic South Indian taste, try the Kashmir and Jaggi's for North Indian cuisine. If you are a cheapskate like me, go to Tekka center or try street side food stands.
|My souvenir collection from Mustafa Centre, Singapore|
|Wanderlust is a popular hotel to stay in Little India|
Fun Facts Of Little India:
|Palm reading will make everyone giggle!|
3. It is often assumed that Indians first set foot in Little India, which is not true. Tamil traders coexisted peacefully with Chinese and Malay merchants in Tanjong Pagar, long before Little India was created.
|A rare photo of Serangoon Road, Little India in 1890|
Henna tattoos are beautiful and popular in Little India5. Another exciting experience is getting a temporary tattoo. The ink is made from henna, a plant that gives a bright red color. Skilled artists will create fantastic, traditional designs on your body. It will fade after about 5 days.
6. Please bargain in street shops when you buy flowers, souvenirs or other small items. You will be surprised how the prices change, based on your negotiating skills.
|An amazing variety of items are sold at street shops of Little India|