Manipal.Info - Life in Manipal

Manipal is often discribed as the Harvard of India,a University City home to Manipal University (formerly known as, MAHE) comprising of esteemed educational institutions Manipal University Building,Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (KMC, Manipal),Manipal Institute of Technology (ManipalTech), including the MIM Manipal Institute of Management, the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI),Manipal Life Sciences Center (MLSC), the Manipal campus of Melaka Manipal Medical College (also known as International Centre for Health Sciences or ICHS), the Manipal College Of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) and the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA). The spectrum of educational institutions covers everything from elementary schools to professional and graduate level colleges.

Manipal is a university town situated in the state of Karnataka in India. It is located in the rocky hinterland of the Malabar Coast of southwest India, about 8 km (5 mi) from the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a stunning view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats range to the east.

It is situated a few kilometres from the temple city of Udupi, and is 60 km (37 mi) north of Mangalore. Parkala is one of its residential areas. Manipal was previously under Shivalli village panchayat. The name is derived from manipalla angliced to Manipal.Palla means stream in Tulu Language. It is a center of academic learning, healthcare, industry and finance.

Manipal has more than 70,000 students graduate and has an ever increasing enrollment number of more than 15,000 students. The township of Manipal comprises two universities, 24 professional colleges, affiliated institutes and numerous primary and high schools.

The town gained prominence in the 1950s, when T.M.A. Pai, doctor, banker, educator, industrialist and philanthropist transformed a barren hillock into what is today a renowned university town. Pai first established the Kasturba Medical College in 1953, and Manipal Institute of Technology in 1957. In the year 1999 the Posts and Telegraph department of the Government of India released a commemorative stamp in honour of Pai. Manipal Institute of Communication is a constituent college of Manipal University. It is one of the premier journalism and communication colleges in India.


The climate is humid and warm between November and May and wet and cool during the monsoon months from June to October. It has a tropical climate characteristic of coastal plains in the West of India. Manipal, being located on an elevated place near the seashore, has fine breeze throughout the day and the temperature ranges from 24 ° C to 38 ° C for most part of the year.

Campus Life Overview

Culture in Manipal

At Manipal, you won't just attend, you'll also belong. The campus is a community always buzzing with activity. It is a thriving and friendly environment where you'll make friends, get involved, and have fun. The Campuses form a congenial atmosphere and the crowd at Manipal consists of students from over 30 countries create lifelong friendships. Find out what it's like to be a part of it all; learn what will be expected of you here and what you can expect from Manipal. From Student Resources to Counseling, you'll find all the comforts of home and more at Manipal. For all those who are planning to join the Manipal family can be sure about one thing and that is no one has ever regreted joining Manipal.