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Little India is an ethnic district located east of the Singapore River and is most popularly known as tekka. The place is famous for its religious temples, shopping centers, and food options. You will find lots of Hindu and Buddhist temples on your tour and a mosque that dates back to the 19th century.
During your Little India Singapore walking tour, you will be able to witness all of these, make sure to shop your heart out, eat the delicious food and visit as many religious places as you can.
Singapore is mostly safe to travel alone or with friends. So, yes, visiting Little India is also considered to be safe. You should still exercise caution if you are a solo traveler and make sure that you don’t take a walk alone in the dimly lit areas.
Apart from this, you are sorted as you will find a lot of fellow travelers and backpackers on your way. Also, locals are extremely helpful if you are lost or need help with directions. However, if you find anything to be fishy, then there is nothing wrong in raising an alarm.
From Changi Airport Terminal 2, you can board an MRT to Bugis station and there is a little walk from there. Look out for Serangoon Road which is the start of Little India.
If you are traveling from Chinatown, you can board the MRT from Chinatown station, a North-East line towards Punggol and get down at Little India station.
If Orchard is your source, then board an MRT from Orchard station which goes towards Jurong East and once you reach the Newton station, change to Downtown line which goes towards expo. You will reach Little India after 1 stop. You can also look out for taxis that are readily available outside the airport.
You can buy a variety of sarees, clothes, handbags, handicrafts, jewelry, affordable electronics, unique gifts, and souvenirs to take back home. You can also look out for 18k and 22k Gold jewelry if that is something on your mind.
If you are brand conscious, then you will also find such options in shopping malls like Mustafa Centre where you can buy health and beauty products, electronic goods, jewelry and watches, and all kinds of supermarket goods.
Buy Kanjivaram sarees, silk sarees and more with unique designs from Haniffa textiles and Dakshaini silks.
Go to Mustafa center if you want to purchase branded watches or cosmetic products. The place also has a lot of options to buy clothes, saris and food items.
Pay a visit to Tekka Centre, which is a wet market, shopping mall, and food center. You will find fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat in this market. There is also a section where you can witness clothes and saris option. Buy pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more from various jewelry shops that you will find on your way.
You will find a unique dish called “Fish head curry” in many restaurants in Little India Singapore which should be on your must-try lists. Apart from this, a lot of food options are available- from south Indian food to street-style food, from eating cheap Singapore noodles to getting a fine dining experience.
Go to tekka food center, Ananda Bhavan Restaurant, Allauddin’s Briyani, Muthu’s Curry, Taste of India, Banana Leaf Apolo and more.
Well, some of the best things to do in Little India Singapore would be to-
Pay a visit to all the religious places, which include- Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, The Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Angullia Mosque and Temple of Thousand Lights
Shop your heart out at Little India Arcade and Mustafa Centre. Stroll around in the lanes of Little India and explore the amazing street art. Go on a food tour and taste some of the delicious authentic food items like dosa, paratha and much more. Also, go on tours like the Trishaw tour or the famous little India Singapore walking tour.
Little India Singapore is located in the east of Singapore River and north of Kampong Glam.
The nearest MRT stations to it are- North-East MRT line's Little India and Farrer Park, East-West line's Bugis station and the Downtown MRT line's Rochor and Jalan Besar stations are the nearest. Little India starts from Serangoon Road and most of the distance is covered on foot.
The meeting location for the Little India walking tour is 5 Campbell Lane, Outside Indian Heritage Centre.
The nearest MRT is Little India MRT station, Exit E. the tour is supposed to start at 10:30 AM and you are required to check-in at least 15 minutes before the tour starts.
Yes, there are many dining options available in Little India Singapore. Some of them are-
Kamala restaurant which is famous for its Thosai and its many variations, Banana Leaf Apolo for its huge range of curries including Fish head curry, Lagna barefoot dining which offers great north and south Indian food options
Khansama tandoori restaurant where you can munch on both, vegetarian and meat food
Jaggi’s where you will get a taste of authentic Punjabi food, Mustard if you wish to have Bengali food and they also offer Punjabi food and go to Kebabs and Curries if you want to have an experience of the best south and central Asian cuisine.
The average daily temperature is 31-degree Celsius, dropping at night to around 25-degree celsius.
Most of the rain occurs during the Northeast Monsoon (Dec–early Mar). May and June are slightly hotter and humid while the wettest month is December. You can also plan your visit during one of the festivals that take place every year in Little India Singapore.
You will learn about the local Indian community on this little India Singapore walking tour wherein you will get to know more about the Indian culture, trends, and lifestyle. You will get to interact with the fortune-tellers who will tell you more about your life.
You will also get to visit the historical and religious temples where you shall be able to feel peace and relaxation. All this you will get to visit under the company of a professional guide so you may ask any questions or clear any queries you may have about the tour.
Tips would be to dress up appropriately and make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes as the tour will require you to walk a lot. Carry a sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, and your ID proof. Make sure you also have a raincoat if rain is in the forecast.
Start your tour by 10:30 so you have ample time to stroll around. Apart from this, a little bit of research is mandatory so that you know what all places you might want to pay a visit and how you would want to go about your day.
No, there are no age restrictions and anyone can visit Little India Singapore. From an adult to a toddler, from a senior citizen to a teenager, you will most likely find every kind of crowd there.
Yes and no, you can bring your pet to this place. However, there are certain restaurants or shops that might prohibit their entry.
But also there are restaurants like Sideways, Komala’s fusion dining restaurant that will allow your pet inside. There are many pet shops in Little India where you can take your pet.
There are no such guidelines that say that you have to dress particularly.
You can wear whatever you wish, just make sure that it is appropriate enough to pay visits to all the temples or mosques. Also, if you want to protect your skin from sun exposure, then it is recommended that you wear clothes that fully cover your body.
The little India Singapore walking tour will take approximately 2 hours to finish.
If you wish to see more of little India and if you are someone who would like to stop at each stop, shop a bit, click lots of pictures, have a taste of all the street food offered, stop by for a meal, then you might take some 4-5 hours to finish your sightseeing. 5 hours should be sufficient for you to cover all the small and big shops, going to the malls, paying a visit to the temples and trying the food varieties.
No, you have to meet the guide and other group people at a pre-decided location which is- 5 Campbell Lane, Outside Indian Heritage Centre. The tour is covered on foot, so, you have to walk your way around. You can take the MRT to get to the location.
Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses, if it is a hot day. Raincoat, if rain is in the forecast. Your ID proof and your Thrillophilia voucher. Comfortable shoes and clothing and a good camera/camera phone to capture the beauty of Little India.
Some cash if you are likely to shop around and lots of enthusiasm, excitement, and appetite so you can visit all the amazing places and try every kind of delicious food that will be offered.
No, there are not any restrictions imposed on the timings for visiting Little India Singapore. The market starts to open at around 10:30 AM and goes on till midnight, so this might be the perfect time to reach this place.
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