Little IndiaSingapore

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This vibrant Tamil district is the place to go in Singapore to find Indian cuisine and to experience Indian culture and celebrations.

Singapore's Little India makes for a fascinating visit. It grew out of overspill from the Chulia Kampong district, which was originally designed to house all of Singapore's Tamil immigrants. Though much more multicultural today, Little India retains many Indian inhabitants. Much traditional trade continues here too, making it a must-see addition to your Singapore schedule.

Serangoon Road is the best place to begin. Take a walk down Little India's main commercial thoroughfare and admire the attractive architecture. Stop at the independent shops to savour the scent of spices, and perhaps buy a few to take back home.

Tekka Centre is an altogether livelier experience than Serangoon Road. Wander around the wet market, which specialises in Sri Lanka crabs, then try on traditional Indian costumes in the affordable clothes shops. The tailors here will rapidly alter garments for you.

There are many exquisite houses of worship in the Little India precinct, including Abdul Gafoor Mosque and Foochow Methodist Church. The jewel in the crown, however, is Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an incredibly ornate Hindu construction dedicated to the goddess Kali. Take your shoes off and head inside. Here, you'll find images of the goddess in question wearing a necklace of skulls and brutally killing her victims.

Unsurprisingly, the curry in Little India is exceptional. Vegetarian dishes served on banana leaves can be bought on the ground floor of Tekka Centre. Otherwise, seek out a good fish head curry – it's a Little India classic.

Special events, such as Diwali, bring an added layer of colour and excitement to the Little India experience. Check ahead to see if your trip coincides with any festivals.

Little India is in the central downtown district on the east side of the Singapore River. Get there by walking from your accommodation, or by travelling on the MRT and alighting at Little India MRT station. Shops and restaurants are usually open daily.

Top hotels in Little India

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
4 out of 5
3 Belilios Road, Singapore
SG$134
per night
Jan 12 - Jan 13

Located in Little India, this hotel is steps away from Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and Tan Teng Niah. Little India Arcade and Indian Heritage Centre are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (628 reviews)

"Fantastic property . Amazing location staff , definitely gonna stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec,2019

Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon
Hotel 81 Dickson
Hotel 81 Dickson
2 out of 5
3 Dickson Road, Singapore
SG$67
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Little India, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugis Street Shopping District, Mustafa Centre and Sultan Mosque. Haji Lane and City Square ...

3.3/5 (1,008 reviews)

"OK! 1. Clean 2. Close to MRT station and coffee shop. Good."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep,2019

Hotel 81 Dickson
The Great Madras
The Great Madras
3.5 out of 5
28-32 Madras Street, Singapore
SG$98
per night
Jan 14 - Jan 15

Located in Little India, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bugis Street Shopping District and Mustafa Centre. Sultan Mosque and Haji Lane are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (117 reviews)

"My Stay was comfortable and the staff are very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 8 May,2019

The Great Madras
Campbell Inn - Hostel
Campbell Inn - Hostel
2 out of 5
50 Campbell Ln, Singapore
SG$24
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located in Little India, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Mustafa Centre and Bugis Street Shopping District. Sultan Mosque and Haji Lane are also within ...

2/5 (10 reviews)

"Works experience do not book this hotel they didn't allow me in and they let a letter to go to another place, i ended up having to book last min somewhere else"…"

Reviewed on 31 Mar,2019

Campbell Inn - Hostel
Park 22 Hotel Little India
Park 22 Hotel Little India
3.5 out of 5
60 Kerbau Road, Singapore, Singapore
SG$87
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Little India, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Orchard Road, Merlion and Gardens by the Bay. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Singapore Botanic Gardens ...

3.6/5Good! (324 reviews)

"In Little India close to MRT station, restaurants & shopping."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec,2019

Park 22 Hotel Little India
Arianna Hotel
Arianna Hotel
2 out of 5
83 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore
SG$53
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Located in Little India, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mustafa Centre and City Square Mall. Bugis Street Shopping District and National Museum of ...

2.5/5 (263 reviews)
Dirty Room.

"The room condition was not so good."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug,2019

Arianna Hotel

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Little India Walking Tour
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Little India Walking Tour

SG$37

Amuse your senses and savour the magic in the ethnic precinct of Little India on this 2-hour walking tour. Begin at the Indian Heritage Centre, and let your expert local guide lead you into the narrow streets between pre-war conserved shophouses, and be dazzled by vendors hawking traditional wares like spices, gold, saris, and flower garlands.

Indian Heritage Centre
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Indian Heritage Centre

SG$6

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Little India Walking Tour : Singapore
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Little India Walking Tour : Singapore

SG$29

Itinerary Savor the magic of Little India with this 2 hour walking tour of the beloved ethnic precinct. Follow your expert local guide into narrow streets, through pre-war shophouses. Browse along the five-foot-ways where vendors peddle spices, gold, flower garlands, and saris.

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