Manipal, an International University Town, is well connected by road, rail and air. There are two main cities close to Manipal which serve as entry points – Udupi and Mangalore. Udupi is about 5 km from Manipal (10 min drive), whereas Mangalore is about 65 km away (1 and a half hour drive).
How to fly in You will have to fly to Mangalore airport and come to Manipal by road. There are prepaid taxis available at the airport. Flights coming to Mangalore are Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. The Mangalore airport is connected with Mumbai and Bangalore airports. Calcutta and Delhi sectors are connected with Mumbai. Similarly, the Bangalore airport is connected with Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta and Hyderabad sectors.
How to reach by road
There are luxury buses operating between Mangalore and Manipal.
From the North there are direct buses operating from Mumbai and Goa.
From the South, there are buses operating from Ernakulam to Mangalore and Manipal.
There are direct buses operating from Hyderabad and Madras to Mangalore, Udupi and Manipal.
Within the state, Manipal is well connected with the major cities.
How to reach by rail If you plan to come by rail, your drop off point would be Udupi and/or Mangalore Railway Station. These railway stations lie on the Konkan route connecting the North and the South along the West coast. Delhi and Mumbai (to the North) & Ernakulam (to the South) are linked to the Udupi station. The Mangalore station is directly connected with Chennai, Delhi, Trivandrum & Mumbai. Those travelling from Calcutta will have to reach Chennai and then take a connecting train to Mangalore. There is also a train operating from Jammu to Mangalore once a week.