|Little India welcomes you
to unique experience of Singapore. Here, the heartland of the Indian community is
cacophony of colours, sounds and scents.
You can find the spiritual interwoven with the material needs and practices of
the people as well as shop for the unexpected an the unusual. You'll discover an array of
Indian silks, brassware and bangles that will fascinate you. Or simply find out what goes
on behind temple doors.
Follow your nose to excellent
restaurants in Little India serving North and South Indian cuisine. Witness living
tradition when you visit one of the last-known Indian spice grinders and itinerant
The possibilities are endless. So take
a stroll with us in Little India. This proposed route you about an hour to get through and
a little longer if you linger to soak in the atmosphere. If you have more time, explore
other exciting places in Little India just India just outside our main route. Note that on
Sundays Little India can become rather crowded when all the Indian foreign workers go
there to shop, eat or simply catch up with friends. We hope that after your tour with us,
you'll find yourself coming back to Little India for more.
When Sir Stamford Raffles
sailed into Singapore in 1819, with him was an entourage of 120 Indian assistants and
soldiers. These were among the first Indian settle in Singapore, and they resided mainly
in the area near Chulia Street in Chinatown, Which Raffles had originally designated for
the Indian community. In the late 19th century, many more Indian migrants came to
Singapore to find work, be it to build roads, clear swamps or to take up key positions in
the civil service.
Two major reasons for the influx
of Indians into the site where Little India stands today were the introduction of
cattle-rearing on the fertile land near Rochor River by wealthy cattle merchants such as
Mr Belilios (a Jewish Indian from Calcutta), and the building of the Race Course for the
Europeans nearby in 1843. Immigrants from Calcutta, Madras and Malaya flocked here and by
the turn of the century, this area, once covered in gambier, banana and vegetable
plantations, had become a flourishing commercial centre for the Indian community.
Spreading out from both sides of Serangoon Road, this little enclave of the Indian
community became fondly known as Little India.