Welcome to Manipal! This article’s sole purpose is to introduce to you some of the many key attractions in and around Manipal. Apart from being an education dedicated town, this twenty-six square kilometer town surely encompasses attractions that satisfy different interests. The following are some of the must visit sites found here:
1. END POINT
Craving a view of a picturesque landscape? This is the place to go. End point offers a scintillating overview of the city, accompanied by the sweet chirping of birds in the midst of billowing winds. The surrounding constructed area is also perfect for jogging and walking, with the freshest of air available to consume. The picture is sure to inflict peace of mind.
Truly one of the best features of being in a coastal city is the close proximity to beaches. The closest beach to Manipal is Malpe, a beautiful stretch of golden sand located just 12 kilometers away. A neighboring beach, Kaup, is located 23 kilometers away and hosts its landmark of a lighthouse, on top of which the most breathtaking spectacle can be taken in. The beaches can be easily reached by the use of local buses. Quite honestly, this city includes numerous beaches, all of which are equally gorgeous and deserve to be visited.
An alluring mountain range located in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka which is a mere 87 kilometers away from the heart of Manipal. The third highest peak in Karnataka derives its name Kudremukh, meaning horse-face in Kannada, as one side of the mountain resembles the face of a horse. This serene attraction is home to the Kudremukh National Park, which contains several endangered species. There are other innumerable attractions, all just waiting to be explored.
It isn’t just the immediate surroundings of this beautiful student town that will mesmerize you. Multiple tourist spots are just a few hours away, waiting to be explored.
The most popular tourist destination is just five hours by train from Manipal. Indeed, Goa needs no description. The closest and the best beach is Palolim; A trip to this beach on Saturday is delightful. The best time to visit these places is from the middle of November to the end of March. Goa’s churches remain a main attraction, with Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception being one of the most famous ones.
The border of Kerala is just 75 km from Manipal. The 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key- hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. Surrounded by a splendid beach, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed. Its surroundings with backwaters and hilly destinations make fascinating locales.
Just a few kilometers off the National Highway 17, is a beautiful tourist hub known as Gokarna. It has a famous beach called ‘Om’ beach. This beach gets its name from its shape which makes an ‘Om’ like peripheral. With its narrow streets, traditional houses and temples, the nondescript town of Gokarna has become the favourite haunt of Hindu pilgrims, Sanskrit scholars and beach buffs.
Agumbe is a hill station which can be reached by bikes or cars. The best part of a trip to Agumbe is the ride. This place is about 45 km from Manipal. It is one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats. Situated at a height of 830 metres from sea level, it overlooks the Arabian Sea. A number of waterfalls can be seen on entry into the forest area. Onaki Abbi, Barkana falls, and Jogigundi falls are the more popular ones. Trekking on Nisha Gund i& Barkana falls is a thrilling experience. Rafting in Sita river, located at about 30 minutes drive from Agumbe, can be fun for the adrenalin junkies.
Coorg is situated on the Western Ghats in Karnataka. For those interested in adventure, it is an absolute treat. There is trekking, golfing and angling (Mahaseer too!) options available. You can also relax your body and mind with special Ayurvedic massages. Coorg is also as trendy and happening place as its close neighbour Bangalore.
So, what are you waiting for? Get exploring!