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The greens of Manipal
The greens of Manipal
Manipal is located in Karnataka
Coordinates: 13°20′49″N 74°47′17″E / 13.347°N 74.788°E / 13.347; 74.788Coordinates: 13°20′49″N 74°47′17″E / 13.347°N 74.788°E / 13.347; 74.788
Country  India
State  Karnataka
District Udupi
City Udupi
 • Total 26 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 73 m (240 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 34,369
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 • Official English, Tulu, Kannada, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 576 104
Telephone code 0820
Vehicle registration KA -20

Manipal (maṇipāl) is a university area located in the city of Udupi in Karnataka, India. It is a suburb within Udupi city and is administered by the Udupi City Municipality. It is located on the rocky hinterland of the Malabar Coast of south-west India, about 8 km (5.0 mi) east the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats to the east. Home to the Manipal University, the town attracts over twenty five thousand students every year.[1]

Manipal is also the international headquarters of Syndicate Bank. A regional Information Technology hub, Manipal has one of the highest densities of mobile phone users in India.[2]


Situated 5 km (3.1 mi) from the temple city of Udupi and 65 km (40 mi) north of Mangalore, Manipal was previously part of the Shivalli village panchayat. The name is derived from "Mann" and "palla", anglicised to Manipal. Mann means mud and Palla means lake in Tulu language . This lake, roughly a 400m diameter circle, after which Manipal is named is located in the middle of the town, and used to offer boating facilities. Manipal was once a barren hill with few trees. This hill was transformed to a University town by Dr. T. M. A. Pai who first started the Kasturba Medical College in 1953, now a part of the university.[3]

Sunset, as seen from the outskirts of Manipal



Manipal is connected to towns like Udupi, Karkala, Mangalore by several bus services which run every few minutes. The town also has overnight bus services to cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai which is mainly run by private companies as well the government run KSRTC.


The nearest International Airport is Mangalore International Airport (formerly Bajpe Airport), which is located around 50 km (31 mi) from Manipal, connecting it to Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi and internationally to the middle eastern countries like Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.

Buses also connect Manipal directly to the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, to cater to the large number of international students studying at the university. KSRTC recently started "Flybus", it's premium daily bus service, from Manipal to Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore.


The nearest railway station is located about four kilometers west of Manipal, Indrali in Udupi on the Konkan railway line. Mangalore Central(MAQ) station is the nearest major railway station.


From September - February, the weather in Manipal is tropical with daily temperatures averaging 27 °C (81 °F). From June - August, Manipal witnesses one of the most extreme monsoons in the world, with the annual precipitation ranging from 500–560 cm (200–220 in). The months of March - May are hot and humid, with the daily temperatures typically peaking at 35 °C (95 °F).[4]


Manipal gained prominence in the mid 1950s, when its founder Dr. T.M.A. Pai founded the Kasturba Medical College in 1953. He later went on to found the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1957 and later 21 other colleges, all of which became a part of Manipal University in 1993.[5]

Manipal is a major technology and medical research hub, with major conferences and seminars organised almost every week. Since the establishment of MUTBI, the in-house business incubator of the university, a large number of student-run technology and media startups have sprung up.

The Venugopal Temple, Manipal, India

Places in and around Manipal[edit]

Tiger Circle, popularly referred to by its initials by the locals and the university community is the main commercial center in Manipal. All the buses and taxis leave from here.

Manipal has a planetarium named after Dr. Pai. It is the second oldest planetarium in the state of Karnataka, after Bangalore’s Nehru Planetarium.

At one end of Manipal is End Point, which is a cliff overlooking the Swarna river. From this point, one can see the Arabian sea in the western horizon and the Western Ghats in the eastern horizon.

Udupi's Malpe beach is located about seven kilometers from Manipal.

Agumbe, a popular hill station on the Western ghats is around fifty kilometers east of Manipal, private buses ply daily to Agumbe. The major religious centre Sringeri is at distance of 88 kilometers from Manipal.

DC Office, Manipal

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "A cool crowd". The Hindu. 2006-12-23. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Manipal Karnataka". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Manipal Climate - Averages". 
  5. ^ "Mix it like Manipal". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 

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