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Little India – a center for a large Indian community in Singapore.




Little India is, the center for the large Indian community in Singapore.

Overview

• Little India retains its distinct identity without degenerating into a mere tourist attraction.
• It is one of the most colorful and attractive places to visit in Singapore.
• Little India is an ethnic neighborhood found in Singapore that has Tamil cultural elements and aspects of other cultures.
• Little India lies to east of the Singapore River.
• It lies across from Chinatown and located to the west of the river.
• It lies to the north of Kampong Glam.
• Both areas are part of the urban planning area of Rochor.
• Little India is more commonly known as Tekka.
• Little India is distinct from the Chulia Kampong area.
• Under the Raffles Plan of Singapore, this was originally a division of colonial Singapore.
• Here Tamil immigrants would reside under the British policy of ethnic segregation.
• The Little India area is reported to have developed around a former settlement for Tamil convicts.
• Its location along the Serangoon River originally made it attractive.
• It was known for raising cattle, and trade in livestock which was once prominent in the area.

Places of interest in Little India

1. Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India
2. Serangoon Road is the main commercial thoroughfare in Little India. It intersects Rochor Canal Road and Bukit Timah Sungei Road.
Along Serangoon Road is:
• Tekka Centre
• Tekka Mall
• Little India Arcade
• Serangoon Plaza
• Mustafa Centre (on a side-road)
• Farrer Park Fields

3. There are many Hindu temples, mosques, and other place of worship:
• Foochow Methodist Church
• Kampong Kapor Methodist Church
• Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
• Angullia Mosque
• Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
• Jalan Mosque
• Central Sikh Gurdwara
• The Abdul Gafoor Mosque
• Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple
• The Buddhist Sakyamuni Buddha Gaya Temple
• Leong San See Temple

4. Little India’s primary attraction is the town itself. One can find:
• The gaily painted shophouses that are an icon of Singapore
• Stores hawk saris
• Gold bangles
• Spices
• Incense waft in from the doorways
• Bollywood’s latest soundtracks

Festivals in Little India

1. Festival of Thaipusam
• It is held yearly during the full moon in the lunar month of Thai (usually Jan/Feb).
• Male devotees attach ornate shrines to their flesh with piercing hooks known as kavadi and walk across town in a day-long procession.
• Female devotees would usually just carry a pot of milk on their head and join the procession.
• The procession starts from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road and proceeds to the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.

2. Around Deepavali
• Serangoon Road is festively decorated (with lights, of course!).
• Open-air markets are set up to sell Deepavali goodies.
• The exact date is set by the lunar calendar, but it takes place in October/November and is a public holiday.
• Near the beginning of Deepavali, the fire walking festival of Thimithi is held.
• Many male devotees will walk across a platform of burning coal.
• Though the actual fire walking takes place at the Sri Mariammam temple in Chinatown, the procession starts at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road.

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Little India?

• The North-East MRT line’s Little India and Farrer Park stations, near Serangoon Road, are convenient entry points into the area.
• Bugis station on the East-West line is also within walking distance.
• Getting taxis in Little India can be difficult, especially on weekends.
• Little India’s main drag is Serangoon Road, which starts at Rochor Canal Rd and continues northward to Serangoon itself.
• The action is tightly concentrated a few blocks on either side of the road, and can be easily covered on foot.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs/Sites about Singapore – Little India

Blogs at wikitravel.org
Blogs at virtualtourist.com
Blogs at tripadvisor.in
Blogs and reviews at little-india.sg

Images and photos of Singapore – Little India

Images at google.com
Images at streetdirectory.com
Images at little-india.sg
Images at images of tripadvisor.in

Videos of Singapore – Little India






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