The first Indian immigrants to arrive in Singapore were servants to Sir Stamford Raffles,who arrived in the city in 1819. At the end of the 19th century, many more arrived in search of work.
What to see in Little India
Although the most striking feature of the neighbourhood is the atmosphere itself, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Tekka Centre, Little India Arcade and various temples you'll find.
If you're looking to go shopping, the Mustafa Centre is for you: a major mall which is open 24 hours a day.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
A visit to the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is likely to be one of the best things you experience on your visit to Singapore. Built in 1881 it's the most important temple to the local Hindu community.
Sri Veeramakaliamman is closed between 12:15 and 4 pm. The best times to visit are at 8 am, and 12, 6:30 and 9 pm.
If can (and you should try to make time) don't miss the rituals that take place in the temple: an unforgettable experience.
Wandering the streets of Little India is like heading back to Mumbai: its colourful houses, as colourful as the clothes you'll see on the streets, its shops, markets and restaurants make for a spectacle that no traveller should miss.
But more than that, the daily life and the hustle and bustle make this an experience you won't want to end - we recommend that you dedicate at least two hours to exploring at your leisure.