The International University Town
Manipal is situated in Southwest India, about 101 meters above the sea level, about 10 kms from the Arabian Sea. Located on a plateau and nestled between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Manipal commands a panoramic view with abundant flora and fauna. Rural farmlands, cascading hills and inland waterways add to the picturesque surroundings of Manipal.
Traveling to Manipal
Manipal is well connected by air, rail and road. There are two main cities close to Manipal that serve as entry points – Udupi and Mangalore, which are 5 Km and 65 Km away from Manipal, respectively.
By Air: Manipal is connected by air through the international airport in Mangalore which takes an hour and a half by road. There are regular flights to Mangalore from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi. Besides, most countries in Gulf have direct flights to Mangalore. Pre-paid taxi facility at Mangalore airport makes onward journey to Manipal easy and convenient.
By Train: The closest railway station to Manipal is in Udupi (3 Kms away). The Mangalore railway station is 65 Kms away from Manipal.
· Delhi, Mumbai and Ernakulam are connected via Udupi station
· Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mumbai and other major cities are connected via Mangalore station
· Those travelling from Kolkata can travel via Chennai/ Mumbai/ Bangalore/ Goa and then take a connecting train to Mangalore
· There is also a train operating from Jammu to Mangalore once a week.
The weather is tropical and is hot with high levels of humidity between November and May. The region receives moderate to heavy rainfall between June and October and the temperatures range from a minimum of 24oC to a maximum of 38oC.
The food courts at Manipal serve a variety of cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Caribbean and Malaysian, plus wraps, burgers, pizzas and pasta to cater to the multi-cultural student population.
Apart from the food courts, the Manipal town offers an array of restaurants with cuisines catering to the diverse student population.
Accommodation for Visitors
Manipal and Udupi have good and convenient accommodation options for visitors. You can book their accommodation prior to visit to avoid any problems. There is an array of hotels in Manipal and Udupi with a range of price to suit your needs.
Some of the good accommodation choices are listed Here