Little India - Singapore

Located east of the Singapore River, Little India is an ethnic district in Singapore that is home to the largest Indian Singaporean community.

Little India

Little India History

Locally, called Tekka, Little India was where many ethnic Indians transferred after the original Indian community in Chulia Kampong district became very crowded. In the 1840s, this district was once known for its racecourse and was frequented by Europeans. 

Little India - Singapore

Later on, cattle ranches became the main source of livelihood here and the Europeans hired Indian migrant workers to work for them. Hindu temples were soon built here and the Indian migrant workers soon established themselves and called this place home. 

A scene in Buffalo Road, Singapore

Dewali Festival 2019

Dewali Festival Singapore 2019

Dewali Festival at Serangoon Road, Singapore

Dewali Festival 2019

Today, the Chulia Kampong district no longer exists as a district area while Little India is now known as one of the famous tourist destinations in Singapore.

My wife, daughter and I got to visit Little India during the 3rd day of our 2017 Singapore - Malaysia Tour. I also got to revisit it during the 4th day of my 2019 Google x Singapore stint. 

Here are some of the things to see in Little India:

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

Can you count the statues in the gopuram of Sri Veermakaliamman Temple?
Tang Teng Niah House

The colorful facade of Tang Teng Niah House never fails to amaze

Sri Srinamasa Perumal Temple

Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

Sri Vadapathira Kaliammen Temple

Little India Entrance Fee

It's FREE to visit and explore Little India.

Little India Operating Hours

Little India is open 24/7. However, the stores and temples here have varying operating hours.

Why visit Little India?

Little India is a must-visit if you want to see the different cultures in Singapore. This is the best place where you can experience the Indian culture in Singapore.

Getting to Little India:


To get to Little India, board down on any of the following MRT Stations:
  • Little India and Farrer Park on the North-East Line
  • Rochor and Jalan Besar on the Downtown Line
Little India Station

Another option is to ride the following buses which pass thru the district via the Serangoon Road:
Bus no. 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 131, 139, 147, 857 and NR6


  1. Interesting. I've been to Singapore several times but I was not able to see this place.

    1. I hope you visit this place next time you go to Singapore.

  2. Those are very colorful houses. Very Instagrammable.

    1. True. How I wish I was able to see what was inside.


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