Manipal is a university town and hill station situated in Karnataka. Manipal is a suburb within Udupi city and is administered by Udupi City Municipality. Manipal is located in the rocky hinterland of the Malabar Coast of south west India, about 8 km (5.0 mi) east the Arabian Sea. From its location on a plateau, it commands a view of the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats range to the east.

Buses ply between Mangalore and Manipal every 10 minutes. The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport (formerly Bajpe Airport), which is located around 50 km (31 mi) from Manipal. There are many national and international flight carriers operating from this airport. The nearest railway station is Udupi Railway station at Indrali (about 4 km (2.5 mi) from Manipal) on Konkan railway route.

Many buses both KSRTC and private ply between Manipal and Bangalore every day and night. Some other bus services also run from Manipal to Bangalore International Airport, for convenience of foreign students.

Tourist Attractions around Manipal
At the very heart of the town, and just over 2 km north of Manipal Lake, is Tiger Circle, popularly known as "TC" by the locals and the students. All buses and taxis leave from here. It also has a small market with grocery and eateries forming the bulk of shops. The BSNL office and the Government approved ration shop are also very close by. Manipal has a planetarium named after Dr T.M.A Pai most well known for building the university town of Manipal. It is the second planetarium of the state after Bangalore’s "Nehru Planetarium".

At one end of Manipal is End Point, which is a small cliff overlooking the swarna river. From this point, one can see the Arabian sea in the western horizon and the Western Ghats in the eastern horizon. There are two beaches near Manipal - Malpe and Kapu. There is a lighthouse on Kapu beach.

Agumbe on Western ghats is around 55 Kilometre from Manipal.Small towns Parkala, Perdoor and Hebri are on the way to Agumbe from Manipal. There are private buses plying through this route. The religious centre Sringeri is at distance of 88 Kilometre from Manipal.