Discover Little India In Singapore With This Ultimate Local Guide

A vibrant enclave
By: balqis
April 6, 2022

With its vibrant and architectural building that stood the test of time, Little India in Singapore is a hidden gem of an enclave. It is known for its lively and bustling neighbourhood that allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and heritage. The endless row of shops offering native spices, saree stores and authentic Indian restaurants, will surely transport you back in time. To make the most of your trip to this enclave, a local guide’s list is certainly handy especially if it’s your first time visiting Little India. So, scroll down and discover little India in Singapore with this must-visit list. 

List of Places That Every Tourist Including Local Need To Explore 

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple

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Built around the 90th century by early Indian settlers, the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Singapore. Previously it was also known by the locals as Soonambu Kambam Kovi which translates to “temple at the lime village” as a tribute to the lime kilns that existed during the time. The temple which is dedicated to Kali, the goddess of destroyer features a complex architectural design that is inspired by South Indians. 

Address 141,Serangoon Road, Singapore – 218042
Opening hours Open daily: 8 am–12 pm, 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Contact details +6562954538

House of Tan Teng Niah

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Nestled at Kerbau Road, the House of Tan Teng Niah will surely capture the attention of any visitor with its vibrant colours. It was once owned by Tan Teng Niah, a renowned business owner of sweet and rubber factories. If you ever decide to take a stroll along the road, make sure to marvel at the architectural design which is inspired by European and Chinese styles. Initially, the house was built with a mixture of white and green hues. However, as time progresses, it features a medley of colours. Currently, the House of Tan Teng Niah is used for several commercial spaces. 

Address 37 Kerbau Rd 219168 Singapore
Opening hours Open 24 hours 
Contact details N/A

Indian Heritage Centre

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If a historical museum is your cup of tea, we suggest that you add the Indian Heritage Centre to your itinerary. Inside, the modern museum exhibits historical artefacts including educational information on the Indian community in Southeast Asia. The exhibition was presented in chronological order starting from the 1st century CE to the 21st century. What’s more, visitors can broaden their knowledge by learning about the local heritage.

Address 5 Campbell Ln, Singapore 209924
Opening hours Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm. Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm. Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm. Closed on Monday 
Contact details +6562911601

Street Art

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You haven’t truly been to Little India in Singapore if you did not visit one of its main attractions, the street art. With the annual Street Art Walk, the streets of Little India have been elevated with artistic elements. These murals are located along different streets like 2 Dickson Road and Dunlop Street. Created by local artists, visitors can go on a hunt for these street arts, which are perfect for Instagram photos. Our only tip is to dress comfortably

Abdul Gafoor Mosque

Abdul Gafoor Mosque was first built in 1859 before undergoing several renovations to restore its building. The mosque boasts an architectural design that is influenced by Arabian, Southern Indian and Renaissance. During those time, the Abdul Gafoor Mosque was built for those who are working within the area, especially South Indian Muslim merchants and workers at the race course. Inside, it houses a sundial complete with stunning Arabic calligraphy. If you wish to visit this religious site, it is important that you dress modestly. 

Address 41 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209369
Opening hours Friday: 8 am – 12 pm;2.30 pm – 8 pm. Saturday to Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Contact details +6562954209

Little India Arcade

Once you have indulged in exquisite authentic Indian cuisine and need to take a stroll, head out to the Little India Arcade. Founded in 1920, it features a plethora of sundry shops, saree stores, stalls and eateries. Plus, it is the go-to place for those who are looking for Indian souvenirs. 

Address #02-07, 48 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217959
Opening hoursOpen daily: 9 am – 10 pm
Contact details N/A

Tantalise Your Taste Buds with These Best Restaurants in Little India

The Banana Leaf Apolo

Established in 1974, The Banana Leaf Apolo has several branches across Singapore including in Little India Arcade. They are famously known for offering dishes that are inspired by North and South Indian cuisine. Aside from the dishes served on banana leaves, visitors are recommended to try out other signature dishes such as mutton curry, Apolo fish head curry and tandoori chicken. Since the place was often packed with people, you can make a reservation beforehand. 

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