Manipal, often referred to as a university town, is a charming little place nestled between the Arabian see and the Western Ghats on India’s West Coast. Manipal literally means “Mud Lake” in Tulu Language. To the north of Manipal is End Point with a fantastic view overlooking the Ghats is famous for its sunsets. Only a half an hour trek down the hill gets you to Suvarna River which makes for a pleasant boat ride with some student favorites- Maggie and the likes.
Manipal is also not far away from places like St.Mary’s Island, Malpe, Kaup,Maravanthe, Surathkal and Kodi Bengare. One of the popular spot is Kodi Bengare, also known as the Delta beach is an estuary untouched by tourists. Clear sand with coconut trees and white tiny crabs along with the most incredible sunsets makes this place magical. You can also surf here, if you are feeling a little adventurous. The best thing about beaches such as these is that they are not filled with tourists or garbage; they are clean, quiet, beautiful and serene. At the heart of town, visitors can see a lake with boating facilities. From this point buses and taxis starts off. Visitors can visit the planetarium in Manipal which is named after its founder.
Manipal is a plethora of vibrant young students. It doesn’t come as a surprise that it boasts of the most happening night life among the university towns although most places close for the night by 11:30pm. It also comprises of restaurants with a variety of cuisines, from Thai to Rajasthani, from North Indian to Andhra as a direct result of the diversity of the students. The best time to visit is between June and February to avoid the summer’s horrific heat. There’s so much beauty, character and life in this place, it is best to discover on your own for an unforgettable experience.
Manipal - THINGS TO KNOW
Tulu, Konkani, Kannada and English