This area is a place where the early immigrants and merchants from India congregated did their thriving business at a time when tin emerged as an important industry in the Kinta Valley. The majority of them were Nattukkotai Chettiar from South India. The population in the area soon grew to 65% Indian and 35% Chinese. Name of Little India was implies as the area stretching from Jalan Sultan Yussuf to Jalan Lahat became dominated commercially by Indian communities.
Little India is now a main tourist destination in Ipoh City. The colourful neighborhood, enjoying patronage of people who which to eat and buy something specific to India cultural. There are many options from glittering jewelry, sari, textiles, clothing, utensils and spices. Some of the best authentic Indian restaurants and goldsmith’s houses are also here. Little India are busting with activities during Deepavali and Thaipusam festival.