Around Manipal

Malpe Beach

Malpe Beach is an ideal picnic place with a long beach.This place is a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the noisy cities and towns. Surrounded with gracefully swinging palm trees the place is a must visit. The pleasant weather adds more charm to the ambience of the beach. It is a very famous fishing harbor with tourist ferryboats. A small river, known as the Udyavara River, flows around the beach and this is also known as the Malpe River.

Distance from Manipal: 12km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

Kaup LightHouse – Kaup

The Lighthouse tower was built in 1901 on a 12m high rock. The ruins of Kaup Battery (of cannons) can be seen close to the Lighthouse. The battery is probably one of the many such batteries established by Tippu Sultan in the region. It has for these many years stood on the rocks, guiding sailors and warning the presence of dangerous rocks. It stands 27.12 m above the base. The lighthouse is open for visitors during certain periods of time in the course of the day. It offers a delightful view of the entire beach and seashore.

Distance from Manipal: 20 km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

Koti Chennayya Theme Park, Karkala

The Koti Chennaya theme park is a museum which occupies a 100 acre land. It has collections that represent the culture of coastal Karnataka, specifically that of Tulu speaking communities.

Distance from Manipal: 35 km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

Coin Museum, Corp Bank, Udupi

The heritage museum provides information about banking history since its inception in 1906. Two exhibit-stands focus on coins of Ancient India and one on coins of Medieval India. Around 1,360 coins of different periods and different countries are on display at the museum. Coins belonging to dynasties such as Mauryas, Kushans, Satavahanas, Western Kshatraps, Guptas, and coins issued by Mughal Emperors such as Akbar, Jahangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb, Vijaynagara rulers, Maratha Confederacy and East India Company are on display at the museum.

Distance from Manipal: 5 km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

Bengre Hoode Beach - Tonse

This beach is a secluded retreat with lush palm gardens. This small village is home to four beaches: the Hoode, Bengre, Gujjerbettu and Kadke. It has a population of just over 5,000 and the major industry is agriculture and fishing. Many huge coconut farms occupy most of the land between sea and river Swarna.

Distance from Manipal: 14 km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

St. Mary’s Island

Out of the four islands which form St. Mary's Islands, the northernmost island has a basaltic rock formation in a hexagonal form, the only one of its type in India. It is dotted with coconut trees, its cover reflecting in an azure south sea color, and hence the island is also called the Coconut Island. There is no habitation on the islands The columnar basaltic lava found in these Islands, which is very well developed in the basalt of Deccan Traps, exhibit an imposing range of hexagonal shaped or multi - faced (polygonal) columns split into a horizontal mosaic. In geological terms these are called "columnar joints". The lava rocks form regular five, six or seven-sided pillars, called "laminar lava", and are found in varying heights in all the islands; the tallest of the columns is about 6 m (20 ft). Considering the importance and rarity of such an occurrence, these islands were classified as a National Geological Monument in 2001 by the Geological Survey of India.

Distance from Manipal: 12 km on road and 5 km on water.
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi till Malpe Harbour and ferry from there.

End Point, Manipal

End Point is a sunset viewpoint in Manipal. It gives a panoramic view of the green valleys near the Swarna River. It is a small cliff overlooking the River Swarna. From here, one can see the Arabian Sea in the western horizon and the Western Ghats in the eastern horizon. The name is apt as this location is at the edge of the hill. End Point also houses the Manipal University cricket grounds, football fields, park and a 1.5K jogging track.

Distance from Manipal: in Manipal.
Means of travel: Walk orauto rickshaw

Gomateshwara Statue – Karkala

Karkala is a town of historical importance and a pilgrim centre for Jains. The single stone 42-foot (13 m) statue of Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) is here. It is the second tallest statue of Bahubali in Karnataka. There are about 18 Jain basadis here. The Gomata Statue of Karkala was erected in the year 1432 A.D., by the king of Kalasa - Karkala Kingdom, Veerapandya. The statue is rendered more striking, by its situation on the top of a huge granite rock, on the margin of a most picturesque lake, known as Ramasamudra.

Distance from Manipal: 35 km.
Means of travel: Bus and taxi.

Agumbe Rain Forests, Western Ghats

Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats in Karnataka. Agumbe is famous for its spectacular view of sunset. The sunset here gets reflected from the Arabian Sea onto the horizon. Agumbe gets the heaviest rainfall in South India. It is also known for its many water falls and trails in the forests to walk and trek. Agumbe is home for innumerable endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna including lion-tailed macaque, tigers, leopards, king cobra, Indian bison and barking deer. Agumbe houses The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) which was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist. Its purpose is to create a local biodiversity database, encourage individual scientific research, collaborate with India's Department of Forestry and conserve the rainforest of the Western Ghats as well as to educate the residents of the region about the importance of forest conservation. The King Cobra, an endangered species is the station's "flagship species".

Distance from Manipal: 50 km
Means of travel: Bus and Taxi.

Udupi Temple, Udupi

Udupi Sri Krishna temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to god Krishna, located in the town of Udupi in Karnataka, India. Surrounding the Sri Krishna Matha are several temples, the most ancient being made of wood and stone.The Krishna Matha was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Dvaita school of Vedanta, a major school of Indian Philosophy.

Distance from Manipal: 5 km
Means of travel: Bus, auto rickshaw and taxi.

Sringeri

It is believed that this town was named after Rishyashringa, who figures in the famous Indian mythological epic Ramayana, as the chief priest at the sacrifice of King Dasaratha. Sringeri, where AdiShankara, the founder of the Advaita philosophy, discovered a cobra sheltering a frog from torrential rains, has its spiritual centre on the banks of the Tunga River, in the evergreen forests of Chikmagalur. The Vidyashankara Temple located here is an architectural marvel - its 12 sculpted pillars, each representing a sign of the zodiac, are placed so that the sunrays fall on each successively, in the order of the solar months. The temple also has a paved courtyard. A second temple, built in the Dravidian style, is dedicated to Sharada, the goddess of learning. The Tungabhadra River flows past the temple.

Distance from Manipal: 75 km
Means of travel: Bus and taxi.

Murudeshwara

Located on the main Mangalore - Karwar Highway, Murudeshwara is sandwiched between the picturesque Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Its main attractions are its beach, the world’s biggest Shiva statue, and a Shiva Temple with Chalukya and Kadamba sculptures built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is located on a hillock offering you a magnificent view of the sea.

Distance from Manipal: 104 km
Means of travel: Bus and taxi.

Jog Falls

Bear witness to nature's headlong tumble as the Sharavati River makes a spectacular drop of 253m in four distinct cascades - known locally as Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket - to create the highest falls in Asia. The falls are at their best during the monsoon, with arching rainbows colouring the mist. When the sluice gates of the upstream Linganamakki Dam are closed, it is worth taking a walk right down to the bottom of the gorge.

Distance from Manipal: 164 km
Means of travel: Bus and taxi.

Moodabidri

Moodabidri is known as the Jain Varanasi of South India. You will find the basadis or Jain temples all over Dakshina Kannada district but the basadis here have greater significance and are considered as most ornate. Along with Venur and Dharmastala, Moodabidri is one of the main centres of Jain pilgrimage in Dakshina Kannada. There are 18 Jain basadis in Moodabidri. The finest of these is the 15th century Chandranatha Basadi, also known as the Thousand Pillars Basadi. The uniqueness of this basadi is that no two pillars are identical. The main entrance, which faces the east, opens onto a superb monolithic pillar in front of the doorway. The Basadi boasts a valuable collection of jewel encrusted with metallic images of Jain Tirthankaras, and monolithic columns in the Jain tradition, each with a different carving. The Jain Math near the entrance has a library containing some precious 12th and 13th century palm leaf manuscripts. You may also visit the 17th century Chowta Palace for its beautifully carved wooden pillars and ceilings.

Distance from Manipal: 60 km
Means of travel: Bus and taxi.