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Manipal is a university town located in Udupi district of Karnataka state. Manipal is a town within Udupi city and it is administered by Udupi City Municipality.
Manipal is located in the rocky surroundings of the Malabar Coast of south west India, about 8 km from the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats range to the east.
Manipal is located just 3 km from the temple town of Udupi, and is 65 km north of Mangalore. Manipal was previously under Shivalli village panchayat. The original name is derived from Mannu palla Anglicized to Manipal. In Tulu language Mannu means mud and Palla means lake. This lake due to which Manipal owes its name still has a pride of place in this university town and it offers boating facilities. Manipal was once a barren hill with trees. This hill was transformed to a town of University by Dr. T.M.A. Pai starting 1950's.
The attractions of Manipal include Brindavan Garden, Sri Venu Gopalakrishna Temple, Hasta Shilpa Heritage Museum, Dr TMA Pai Planetarium, End Point and Smrithi Bhavan.
Distance from Manipal:
Mangalore: 65 km
Udupi: 3 km
How to get there?
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Udupi
Road: Manipal is well connected by road network. Manipal Bus Station is one of the major bus terminals in Udupi District. Frequent services are available to Mangalore and Udupi. The station also provides short distance services to places such as Perdur, Malpe, Karkala and Kallianpur.
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