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The Greens of Manipal
|• Total||26 km2 (10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||73 m (240 ft)|
|• Density||1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)|
|• Regional||Tulu, Konkani|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-KA|
Manipal is a locality of Udupi city, located 8 kilometres from centre of City in India and is administered by the Udupi City Municipality. It is located in the part of Coastal Karnataka, 62.8 km north of Mangalore and 8 km (5.0 mi) east of the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a panoramic view of the Persian Gulf to the west and the Western Ghats to the east.
Home to the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, the town attracts more than twenty five thousand students every year and hence consists more of student population. It is one of the most cosmopolitan towns of India, attracting students and faculty from around 60 countries. It is called the campus town by the locals.
Situated 5 km (3.1 mi) east from the centre of temple city of Udupi and 65 km (40 mi) north of Mangalore, Manipal was previously part of the Shivalli village panchayat. Now it is part of Udupi city. 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. Swarna River passes just north of Manipal. Recreation facilities are available through end point park.
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. Places like Agumbe and Kudremukh are located nearby and are tourist spots.
From September to February, the weather in Manipal is tropical with daily temperatures averaging 27 °C (81 °F). From June to 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 to May are hot and humid, with the daily temperatures typically peaking at 35 °C (95 °F). Being away from large urban centres and the highly tropical climate of the town attracts a large number of birds, with 155 different species of birds being recorded in February 2015, including rarities such as the Tickell's Thrush, Blue-eared Kingfisher and Slaty-breasted Rail.
Manipal is connected to Mangalore (Takes about 90 minutes via road) and towns such as Udupi, Karkala and Kundapur by several private bus services and KSRTC City Buses which run every thirty minutes. The town also has overnight bus services to cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Mumbai which are mainly run by private companies such as Durgamba travels, Sugama Travels, Orange Tours and Travels (Hyderabad and Bangalore to Manipal), VRL Travels (Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai to Manipal) etc. and the government-run KSRTC. National Highway 169A passes through Manipal which connects Udupi to Karkala.
The nearest railway station is located about four kilometers west of Manipal in Udupi station (UD) on the Konkan railway line. It has trains connecting towards Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, New Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Punjab. Services like Escalator, Parking facilities, Restroom, Restaurants are available. It is about a kilometer away from the National Highway 169A. Mangalore Central (MAQ) station, located in Mangalore 67 km south of the town is the nearest major railway station.
The nearest international airport is Mangalore International Airport, which is located around 62 km (39 mi) south from Manipal, connecting it to Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi, and internationally to the middle eastern countries like Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Pre-paid taxis are available to transport passengers to and from Manipal and Udupi, however now even direct bus services are available to or from Manipal to places like Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad as well.
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", a premium daily bus service from Manipal to Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore.
Manipal gained prominence in the mid-1950s, when its founder Dr. T.M.A. Pai founded the Kasturba Medical College in 1953. He also founded the Manipal Institute of Technology in 1957, and later 21 other colleges, all of which became a part of Manipal Academy of Higher Education in 1993. Manipal Academy of Higher Education has also been granted the status of Institute of Eminence in the year 2018. Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) has also been ranked among the top ten private engineering colleges within India. It is ranked 2nd, within the state of Karnataka.
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. With an overall strength close to 25,000, Manipal University is considered to be amongst the top 10 private education groups of the country.
T. A. Pai Management Institute, a private autonomous business school unaffiliated with the university is also located in Manipal. It was established in 1980 and is the second B-School in India to get global accreditation to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) after Indian School of Business. Recently, CRISIL graded TAPMI as A+++ B-School both at national and Karnataka State levels.
Distances are from starting point Manipal.
- Manipal Lake: 1.9 km
- Udupi Shri Krishna temple : 5.8 km
- Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi Kshetra, Harikhandige: 17 km
- Kalasa Fort : 110 km
- End Point: 3 km
- Venugopal Temple: 1.2 km
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