Hotel, Travel and Visa
Weather: The weather is tropical and is hot with high levels of humidity between November and May. The region receives moderate to heavy rainfall between June and October.
Food: The food courts at Manipal serve a variety of cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Caribbean and Malaysian, plus wraps, burgers, pizzas and pasta to cater to the multi-cultural student population. Apart from the food courts, the Manipal town offers an array of restaurants with cuisines catering to the diverse student population.
Accommodation: Manipal and Udupi have good and convenient accommodation options for visitors. You can book their accommodation prior to visit to avoid any problems. There is an array of hotels in Manipal and Udupi with a range of price to suit your needs.
Few of the nearest hotels are:
- Fortune Inn Valley View, Manipal
- Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Manipal
- The Ocean Pearl UDUPI
- Hotel Udupi Residency, Udupi
- Kediyoor Hotels Pvt. Ltd
Few more hotels in Udupi and Manipal: click here..
Flying in: The nearest airport is Mangalore which is one and half hours drive by road. There are daily domestic flights from Mumbai and Bangalore. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Spice Jet fly to Mangalore. There are direct international flights to Mangalore from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Prepaid taxis are available at the Mangalore airport.
By road:Manipal is well connected with the major cities in Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, etc. Buses run between Mangalore and Manipal frequently. Direct buses are also available from Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai and other cities.
By train: The closest railway stations are at Udupi (2 kms from Manipal) and Mangalore (65 kms from Mangalore). These railway stations lie on the Konkan route connecting the north and the south along the west coast. Delhi and Mumbai (to the north) and Ernakulam (to the south) are linked to Udupi station. Mangalore station is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Calicut, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mumbai and other major cities. Those traveling from Kolkata will have to travel via Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore/Goa and then take a connecting train to Mangalore. There is also a train operating from Jammu to Mangalore once a week. For more information check: www.indianrail.gov.in
An FAQ guideline from Ministry of Home Affairs, India regarding issue of VISA is available here. Some embassy might require the letter from the Indian Government approving the Conference. Further details will be updated soon. If the respective embassy requires the invitation letter addressed to the individual, then please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org