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About Manipal

Manipal is a university town situated in Karnataka. The beautiful town takes its name from Mannu palla, which has been anglicised as Manipal. In Kannada and Tullu languages, the meaning of Mannu is mud and the meaning of Palla is lake. The town has been named after the 400 m lake, which flows in the middle of the town. Mangalore Airport (formerly Bajpe Airport), is located 50 km from Manipal. Udupi Railway station at Indrali situated 4 km (2.5 mi) away from Manipal is the town’s nearest railway station.

Since, it is a suburb situated within Udupi; it is the Udupi City Municipality that administers it. The town havens end numbers if educational institutions and this is the reason why lakhs of students flock to the town every year. Manipal is also the headquarters of Syndicate Bank and in 2006 it was having the highest density of mobile phone users.

Area :

6 km2 (2 sq mi)

Population :

According to 2011 Indian Census, the population of the city is 34,369

Climate & Geography

It is situated on the rocky remote areas of the Malabar Coast of south west India. It is precisely located 5 km away from the temple city of Udupi and 65 km away from Mangalore. The months between June and August witness heavy monsoon in the town. In the months between March to May, the temperature rises to 35 °C (95 °F). The rest of the year the weather is tropical with aprox. temperature of 27 °C (81 °F).


Since, Manipal is small town, one can explore various places near to one’s hotel accommodation by foot. One can also choose to board taxis and auto rickshaws to reach various place sin the town.

Car/Taxi: You can explore the city in your own best way by booking car or taxi. The services of a travel agent can be hired too for the purpose.

Bus: The bus service is easily available in Manipal and one can also make visit to the Manipal University via bus.

Auto Rickshaw: The auto rickshaws can also be boarded to reach to various places in Manipal. This means of travelling also makes for a very comfortable travel option.

Shopping & Entertainment

Tiger Circle, City Centre Mall, and Bharath Mall are few best places to hop to for a shopping spree in Manipal. One can buy things ranging form grocery items to branded clothes in the various shopping places in the town. Manipal is also popular for featuring an electric night life. One can also dart the cinema halls to spend entertaining evenings and the tickets can also be booked online.

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