Trip to Manipal

12 03 2008

My maiden trip to manipal.

It was never supposed to be a pleasure trip but it got to be one. I had gone to this wonderful place for my TAPMI interview (unfortunately didnt get through). For those who are unfamiliar with this place,Manipal lies in the lap of one of the mostbeautiful place in this world- “Western Ghats”. Its situated 65 kms north of Mangalore,the port town of Karnataka. Its situated just 3-5 kms from the District town of Udupi.

The “must visit” places in and around manipal are Endpoint,Malpe Beach and St.Mary’s Island and if your the religious kind theres the famous udipi temple for u.

Endpoint is at one end of manipal overlooking a stream. A beautiful river runs below the hilly area and the scenic views from the top are rally awesome.A park is also there.

Malpe beach is around 5-7kms from udipi.. u can take an auto or a bus to reach there…The endless stretch of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the gurgle of the sea all set the perfect mood for an unforgettable day here. Malpe beach offers breathtaking views of the sea and the islands not far from it.

St.Mary’s Island is another delightful get away spot right across Malpe. The place is only a boat ride away. The only thing that irritated me was the waiting time. The ferry leaves only wen it has atleast 15-20 people. So had to wait for 1 hour(since it was monday.. not much of a crowd).. But it was worth the wait..It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea color. It has these basalt rocks, which have crystallized into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic.

So next time you drop in at manipal or udipi dont forget to vist these places.
Pics below are of endpoint,malpe beach and st mary’s island