LITTLE INDIA:

Overview:
As its name suggests, Little India is Singapore's foremost Indian enclave. Its charm lies where many of olden-day trades can still be found by its roadsides, alleys and back lanes. Fortune-tellers and their parrots, flower vendors selling garlands of jasmine, kachang puteh (roasted nuts) sellers on pushcarts and street-side newspaper vendors are just some of the interesting sights to be found.


Admission:
Free


Location:
Serangoon Road

Nearest MRT station:
North-East line - Little India, Farrer Park
East-West line - Bugis


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Festivals:
1) Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Built by Indian pioneers who came to work and live in Singapore, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. The temple is the first in the Serangoon Area and it became a focus of early Indian Social Cultural activities.

Address: 141 Serangoon Road S218042
Contact: 62954538 / 62934634




2) Festival of Thaipusam (Jan/Feb)
Held yearly during the full moon in the lunar month of Thai.
The procession starts from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road and proceeds to the Sri Thandayuthapani Temple at Tank Road.


3) Deepavali, the Hindu festival of light (Oct/Nov)
Near the beginning of Deepavali, the fire walking festival of Thimithi is held, where 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 and makes its way to Chinatown early in the morning where the fire walking commences.


Shopping:
1) Tekka Market
Address: 665 Buffalo Rd
Stalls selling Indian, Malay and Chinese food, and a wet market stocked with the freshest vegetables, meat, fish, spices and flowers.

2) Tekka Mall (The Verge)
Address: 2 Serangoon Rd
Little India's first and only modern air-conditioned shopping mall.

3) Mustafa Centre
Address: 145 Syed Alwi Rd
Singapore's supreme discount department store. Open 24 hours.


Please visit Little India for more information.


References:
Yours Singapore. http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/browse/see-and-do/culture-and-heritage/cultural-precincts/little-india.html
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. http://www.sriveeramakaliamman.com/history.php
Wikitravel. http://wikitravel.org/en/Singapore/Little_India