Penang offers a world of diverse culture from its own local peoples to the countries of those inhabitants that have made the famous town home. From the reaches of China to Europe, culture is in the air, but no visit would be complete without a trip to Little India Penang.
Covering a prime piece of Georgetown, Little India offers a fantastic array of Indian culture, with not just some of the best restaurants in all of Penang, but several wonderful little shops to peruse as well that offer everything from Bollywood classics to pounds of traditional Indian spices.
Little India is a very clean and small part of Georgetown, occupying three main streets–Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia and Market Street—so wandering through the area is no problem. Once there you will notice the smell of incense that are always on the burn and traditional music radiating throughout the streets.
One of the main attractions in the area is the oldest Hindu Temple in Penang, Sri Mahamariamman, which features wonderfully crafted sculptures of celebrated Gods surrounded in colorful flowers and offerings.
As a traditional town in Georgetown, Little India is actually preserved pretty well with a basic infrastructure of three-story colonial era buildings.
Public transportation in Georgetown is easily accessible with bus stations located at most of the major locations. There is also a bus you can take directly from Penang Airport to the Little India as well as a main terminal nearby. For a more scenic drive while in the area, you will see lots of folks strolling around in colorful rickshaws.
- Contributed by John Reality