Little India

Little India

If you find yourself in the neighborhood of Little India there's an ever-present feeling that you are in fact walking along the streets of some city in the big, crowded country of India. Little India is the spiritual and commercial center of the Indian community of Singapore. Ethnic Indian population amount to 6.5% (160,000) of Singapore's total population. The motherland of most of them is situated in the eastern part of South India, dominated by Tamil language. At the dawn of Singapore's creation this neighborhood was home to numerous cattle ranchos. Later the district saw construction of several brickyards and development of lime pits, where mainly Indians were working. Today Little India welcomes you with a immense number of restaurants, bright curry scent, shops with Indian clothes and spices and richly decorated temples – all that incredible mixture of smells, images and sounds will tell you a very amusing story about those who live here.

The heart of Little India is Serangoon Road. This enclave has somehow remained untouched by modern civilization and it is vibrating with emotions, it never stops. There is a fortune teller with a parrot offering a simple way to look into your future, and in another place there is a cloud hovering above a seller of spices who shows how the hand-mill for spices is meant to be operated. Locals are playing checkers, next to them women are seated spinning garlands for temples or wedding ceremonies. It might seem for a moment that you've just stepped out of a time machine to a distant tranquil past. The neighborhood preserves a lot of old family houses and shops where you can purchase everything from clothes to spices and jewelry: take a look around, and you will be distracted by a swift salesman offering you a set of gorgeous sari, while another will be rushing to show all assortment of enchanting fragrances that he is selling.

Little India is one of the places that has its unique atmosphere, a place where you really want to return for that experience of walking again along its streets daydreaming, or see its welcoming smiling people or just buy something simple from a souvenir shop. The neighborhood is especially busy on Sunday evenings, when thousands of Indian workers gather in the streets and in restaurants of Little India to spend their day-off.

Address: Serangoon Rd
How to reach: MRT Little India NE7, Bugis EW12
Coordinates: 1.30578, 103.85181