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Little India

Enjoy the quirkier side of Singapore

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Venture to Little India along Serangoon Road and you’ll quickly notice that the place is rather different from the rest of Singapore.
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Points of Interest

Once you're out of Farrer Park MRT on Race Course Road, you'll see the iconic Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. Originally built in 1855, it's the starting point of the famous Thaipusam festival, a sacred religious festival where devotees pierce their skins with the skewers of heavy ornate structures called kavadis.

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Further up the road is the Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple, also known as the temple of 1,000 lights. (Little know fact: It actually has only 989 lights). These lights surround a 15-metre high statue of the reclining Buddha weighing 300 tonnes. Another interesting fact is that because there are statues of Ganesha and the four-faced Buddha--similar... More

Head down Serangoon Road towards the city and you'll see a Singapore shopping institution, the 24-hour Mustafa Centre on the left. Besides stocking an estimated 150,000 items, it also offers unusual services like money transfers back to India, visa processing and travel booking.

Hours : Daily 24 hours

4. Dining along Racecourse Road

A couple of streets away along Race Course Road are some of Little India's best restaurants. Muthu's Curry, Gayatri and Banana Leaf Apolo are popular for South Indian food and you can try the most famous and intriguing of local delicacies, fish head curry. A large fish head the size of two palms floating in a gravy of curry, feasting on this... More

Walking down Buffalo Road will bring you to Tekka Centre, Singapore's largest indoor "wet" market which sells an incredible array of produce and hard-to-find ingredients. Some of the more unusual stalls include one which sells goat meat airflown direct from Australia and a fresh vegetable stall that pipes jazz music to passing customers.

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6. Dunlop Street

The other side of Serangoon Road at Dunlop Street is Little India's backpacker district. You'll find many hole-in-the-wall bars like Barkode specialising in expensive spirits and mixology, the Spanish Zsofi Tapas Bar and the authentically Aussie Prince of Wales.

At nearby Dickson Road, you can find experimental boutique hotel Wanderlust, which is housed in a former 1920s Chinese school. Each of the four levels of the hotel is designed by award-winning Singaporean design agencies with progressive, bold designs. Sandwiched in between a Chinese hardware store and a Thai coffee shop, the hotel sums up the... More