"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked." -- Mark Twain
It is impossible not to be astonished by India, a country that is a melting pot of cultures and religions, races and tongues. The diversity of India ranges from the silence and serenity of the mountains to the extravaganza of festivals like Holi. From the deep oceans to the astounding heights, we Indians are the epitome of diversity. Manipal, the striking combination of zealous youth and the land of tranquility, is the face of this diversity.
Located on a plateau and nestled between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, is the bustling town of Manipal. It is known not only for its scenic beauty, but also for academic excellence. Home to Manipal University, it houses nearly 28,000 students from across 52 countries, leading to the prevalence of an extremely cosmopolitan culture. Being a student centric town, Manipal has all facilities and amenities required for the welfare of students.
Manipal University has been in existence for the past 60 years and has carved a niche in the country due to its state of art infrastructure, scholastic excellence, and an age old reputation. It has 21 constituent colleges specializing in higher education in various fields including medicine, allied health sciences, architecture, engineering, management and hospitality. The university has collaborations and twinning programs with renowned universities all across the world. Recently, it was declared as the 2nd greenest campus in India.
To know more about Manipal University, visit: http://manipal.edu/mu.html
Major constituent institutions under Manipal University are:
Manipal Insitute of Technology (MIT)-
Manipal Institute of Technology specializes in the field of engineering and technology. The college has grown by leaps and bounds since its establishment in 1957, and it today finds its place among the top engineering colleges of the country. To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/mit.html
Faculty of Architechture (FoA)-
“32 years of excellence in architecture and design education”- with a potent blend of academic experience and industry exposure, the Faculty of Architecture employs the latest teaching techniques. The world-class facilities and Business Incubation Centre ensure that the students get a head-start in life. To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/foa.html
Kasturba Medical College (KMC)-
Established on 30 June 1953, KMC is the first self-financing medical college in the private sector in India. It is ranked at number 8 among the medical colleges in the country, living up to the vision that was set 64 years ago. Following a research centric approach, KMC endeavors to create doctors who can change the world. To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/kmc-manipal.html
School of Management (SOM)–
The School of Management endeavors to train professionally competent, socially responsible and ethical management graduates. The curriculum is updated periodically, so graduates are abreast with and adapt to the fast changing business environment. Collaborative research activities have been initiated with institutes of international acclaim, such as Hoschschule Bremen City University, Germany and Ipag Business School, Paris. The School has advanced research centres in Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/som.html
Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS)–
One of the premier institutions of Manipal University, MCOPS- as it is widely known, has a unique standing. MCOPS is ranked 1st among private pharmacy institutions in the country, attracting students from far and wide. The institution adheres to all quality measures in terms of imparting education to its students.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/mcops-manipal.html
Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA)-
In 1987, the Dr TMA Pai foundation joined hands with Welcomgroup, the hotel division of ITC Ltd. to set up the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration. The training and development program of WGSHA is recognized by the International Hotel Association, Paris. WGSHA has been consistently ranked as the No. 1 institute in the country for hotel management studies.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/wgsha.html
Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS)-
“To be leaders in oral health care at the national and international level” is the aim every student at MCODS strives to achieve. It is ranked 1 st in the area of Research Publications by private universities, as well as among top Indian Dental Colleges.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/mcods-manipal.html
School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS)-
SOAHS is the first institution in India exclusively dedicated to the education of allied health professionals. The school envisions training healthcare professionals who can create a difference in the quality of life of individuals. It is ranked number 3 amongst Allied Health Colleges in India.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/soahs-manipal.html
Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce was established in 2007 with the launch of its flagship undergraduate program specializing in Banking & Finance. The department subsequently introduced more innovative programs specializing in Financial Markets, Management Accounting, Logistics & Supply Chain and Marketing & HR. The curriculum of these programs is administered through a pedagogy combining classroom lectures coupled with frequent industry interaction, enabling students to get a practical perspective along with theoretical inputs.
To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/doc.html
School of Communication
Committed to excellence in the field of media education, the institute provides training with emphasis on gaining a well-rounded understanding of the ethical, cultural and political atmosphere of the world. Collaborations with international universities like Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Groningen make this institute number 1 among its counterparts. To know more, visit: http://manipal.edu/soc.html
Living In Manipal
Facilities provided by Manipal University to all the IAESTE Interns like library card, gymnasium, swimming pool etc. that you can easily avail through the course of your internship.
Library card, which serves as your identity card, proving you are the student not a tourist in Manipal and India, is a key to all these facilities. Requirements:
1 passport size photograph.
The filled form must be submitted at the MIT Library.
Fields to be filled:
Branch: The department in which you are doing the internship
Permanent Address: Address in your country
Date of Birth (Reg No, Roll No, and Year not to be filled.)
Possession of the library card is mandatory for all interns.
Books once borrowed are to be returned in 2 weeks’ time. If needed, the book can be reissued immediately after returning once.
From the 15th day onwards, a fine of Re. 1/- will be levied per day for each book issued.
In case a book is lost, a fine equal to the price of the book will have to be paid.
Local sim card can be procured easily with the assistance the Local Committee of IAESTE India LC Manipal for easier contact and cheaper cost. (Worldwide calling card is another option) Requirements:
2 passport size photographs.
1 photocopy each of your passport and Visa.
IAESTE LC Manipal provides wireless internet facility to all the interns in Manipal. To avail this facility please contact the IAESTE India LC Manipal. 20 GB data is given for a month and after that additional charges are applicable.
You might have to be registered at the FRO (Foreign Registration Office) depending on your type of visa. If your visa requires you to be registered then your visa will be stamped “Registration required within 14 days of arrival in India” Registration has to be done with the concerned FRO/FRRO in whose jurisdiction the foreigner is residing.
Please note that tourist visas are NOT accepted and the intern will have to return if they are in India on a Tourist Visa.
Foreigners registered with the police have to inform the Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) if they intend to leave the place of registration for 8 weeks or more.
Interns interested to extend their visas need to apply 90 days before their residential permit expires. The extension of visa is granted on specific grounds and at the discretion of the FRO.
Foreigners registered with the FRO need to collect an exit permit from the place of registration 7 days prior from their departure day from India.
If not registered within the stipulated period, the foreigner is liable to a penalty of INR 1395. The above rules are subject to change by the Government of India. Please make sure that you submit a copy of your visa and passport to the incoming coordinator positively within a day or two of your arrival.
The accommodations to be provided for all Manipal trainees will either be a hostel room shared by two or an apartment shared by other international trainees with an attached bath/toilet. Kitchen facilities will not be provided. IAESTE India LC Manipal provides basic accommodation as mentioned above, free of cost. If the trainee wishes to have additional facilities like furnished accommodation, AC facility etc., subject to availability, they will be provided, with certain amount being deducted from his/her stipend for the same. In case you need, there are various economically priced laundry services available in the hostel.
For easier accessibility to college, a bicycle can be purchased.
Trainees are not allowed to paint/ stick pictures on the walls. Defaulters will be eligible to pay a fine of 1000 INR.
Premises of Boys Quarters are restricted for boys only; Girls are not allowed in the Boys Quarters and vice versa.
Liquor, narcotics, cigarettes, lethal weapons, and pornographic material are banned in the university premises and residential quarters.
Music system, if used to play loud music, will be confiscated.
Trainees are not allowed to house outsiders in their accommodations.
Motorized vehicles are not permitted on campus.
Trainees are requires to wear decent and non-revealing clothes
Trainees are responsible for safe custody of their own belongings.
Responsibility of the amenities provided by the college lies with the trainee.
General cleanliness and tidiness of the bathrooms and rooms of the interns using these.
Trainees must meet the Incoming Head/ Coordinators in case of any difficulties.
Fines apply in case the above rules are broken.
No linen will be provided by in the hostel. It has to be brought or bought by the intern.
Work and Pay
You are supposed to work 5 days a week (8 hours daily), namely, Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday being holidays. A record of attendance is maintained in every department and you are supposed to sign on it on a daily basis. You are entitled to receive INR 6000 per month subject to the attendance status at the end of the month. There will be appropriate deductions depending upon the leaves taken Per month. However, you can work on a Saturday and make up for previously taken leave. The stipend is issued at the end of every month. You must inform the Finance Executive of IAESTE India LC Manipal two weeks prior to your departure from Manipal so that your stipend can be processed and is ready well before your departure. You are advised to read the stipend covenant carefully.
Any long trips can be availed by the trainee after the completion of the specified period of the internship. The trainees are encouraged to make weekly tours or trips to nearby places.
IAESTE India LC Manipal shall organize some cultural/ recreational activities during the entire duration of their internship.
The trainees must take prior approval of their Supervisor and Incoming Head/ Coordinator before going out of the city. Any violation in this regard will be dealt severely.
It is mandatory for every trainee to write a work report approved by his or her supervisor at the end of the trainee’s working period.
As prescribed by University Guidelines all the IAESTE interns are requested to follow the dress code as mentioned below. Interns are required to follow the following dress code in the academic and administrative areas of the University.
Please wear clean, neat, presentable and decent clothing shoes/ sandals.
Half trousers/ shorts are not allowed in academic areas.
Advice: The beaches around Manipal are very rough during the months May to November and are out of bounds for swimming during these months. Defaulters can be penalized and Manipal University can take strict action against them. It is strongly advised to stay away from the beaches during the monsoons.
Places to Visit
Situated on the western coast of Karnataka, 20 mins away from the sea, we welcome you to the most thriving college town of Asia. We welcome you to Manipal, a beautiful green city, a home away from home, a pride for thousands of students. Manipal awaits you, wrapped in a variety of avenues for entertainment, warm hospitality, and a vibrant night life, making it a memorable experience for each visitor.
We hope to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable so you take back a lot of memories. For this reason we’d like to mention that temperature in the months of May-August varies from 30-35°C and the humidity is always around 90%. Make sure to pack some sunblock and have a memorable stay with us.
Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. Travel time: 4.5 hrs
Hampi is an ancient village in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. On the south bank of the River Tungabhadra is the 7th-century Hindu Virupaksha Temple, near the revived Hampi Bazaar. A carved stone chariot stands in front of the huge Vittala Temple site. Southeast of Hampi, Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to the Indian sloth bear. The trek around the hills in Hampi is the major attraction of the trip.
Travel time : 8 hrs
Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India's southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood. Travel time: 5 hrs
It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture, along with the manufacture of medicines and photographic film. The town is connected by the Nilgiri ghat roads and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its natural beauty attracts tourists and it is a popular summer destination.Travel time: 9.5 hrs
Kodagu is rated as one of the top hill station destinations in India. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Kodagu include Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Dubare, Nagarahole National Park, Iruppu Falls, and the Tibetan Buddhist Golden
Temple.Travel time: 4.5 hrs
It is called "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India. Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography).
Some popular tourist hot spots here are Jogigundi falls, Onake Abbi falls, Kudlu Theertha falls and Barkana falls.
Travel time: 1 hr
Trekking to the Kudremukh peak is permitted from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm (as per forest rules). The Lakya Dam there is drained most of the time and is not a very interesting place to visit. Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, on the other hand, is a good place to visit; however, entry is allowed only from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
At Kudremukh, the government provides shelter which includes tents and cottages. It is advisable to reserve well in advance before visiting the town. In recent times, some people have opened home stays and guest houses.
Travel time: 2 hrs
Coimbatore is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. To the northwest is the centuries-old, Dravidian-style Arulmigu Subramaniyaswami Temple, Marudamalai.The colorful and intricately carved Arulmigu Patteeswarar Swamy Temple lies southeast of here. In the center, the Gass Forest Museum has a huge collection of preserved animals and tree trunks. Southeast, birds and butterflies inhabit Singanallur Lake.
Travel time: 11 hrs (by road)
Calicut is a coastal city in the south Indian state of Kerala. It was a significant spice trade center and is close to Kappad Beach, where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. The central Kozhikode Beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse, is a popular spot for watching the sunset. Inland, tree-lined Mananchira Square, with its musical fountain, surrounds the massive Mananchira Tank, an artificial pond.
Travel time: 4.5 hrs
Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an average altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. Valparai is about 65 km from Pollachi. Topslip , a point in the Anaimalai Hills is another tourist favourite.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the valley between the Anaimalai Hills of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathi range of Kerala. The area is hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers,including Parambikulam, Sholayar and Thekkady. It is thickly forested with bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary has some marshy land and scattered patches of grassland. Kannimara, one of the oldest and largest teak trees, is another attraction in the sanctuary.
Travel time: 7.5 hrs
It is located in Kerala and is a popular tourist hub. It houses the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. It also has the Elephant Camp Sanctuary.
Travel time: 6 hrs
Kochi also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era. Occupied by the Portuguese in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. It remained the main seat of Portuguese India until 1530, when Goa was chosen instead. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and the British, with the Kingdom of Cochin becoming a princely state. Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourist arrivals in Kerala.
Travel time: 7.5 hrs
Thrissur (formerly Trichur) is a one of the largest
city in the central part of Kerala in Southern India.It is known as cultural capital of Kerala, with numerous temples, churches, cultural institutions, art centers, museums etc. The city is most popular for its temple festivals, particularly the annual Thrissur Pooram known as festival of festivals. The city is located in exact geographic center of Kerala.
Travel time: 10 hrs
The picturesque Murudeshwara town situated 16 Kms from Bhatkal has a gorgeous temple perched on the hillock by the shore. The sea is an intrinsic part of the temple scape at Murdeshwara. The sea surronds the temple towering on a small hill called Kanduka Giri on three sides. Two life size elephants concrete stand guard at the steps leading to the temple.
Travel time: 2 hrs
Has beaches like Kapu, Malpe etc around. It is not advisable to go in the waters and people are requested not to visit thee beaches in monsoon.
Udupi is a city and the headquarters of the Udupi District in the Indian state of Karnataka. Udupi is famous for the Krishna temple located here. It also lends its name to the Udupi cuisine which is famous across the world. Temples of Udupi District in the Karnataka state are popular for the temple festivals and rituals.
Travel time: 15 min
It is around 10 km from Manipal. The beach is clean, peaceful and beautiful. There is a famous beach resort, which serves delicious food. The resort hosts some spectacular beach dance parties and provides excellent accommodation to visitors. It is not advisable to go into the waters though.
Travel time:- 30 mins.
St. Mary's Island
This is a very beautiful island which can be reached from a place very near to Malpe beach. It is a small island and around 2 hours can be used to explore it before the ferry takes you back. St. Mary's isles are group of islands accessible by ferry from Malpe.
The Islands are just a few scattered projections of rock rising out of the Arabian Sea round about Malpe. It has a coconut garden, which makes it the shadiest isle of the group and gives it a true south sea colour.
Travel time:- 1 hour.
The lighthouse at this beach is famous and is not very crowded. At a distance of 15 kilometres from Manipal, it is a very popular destination for the students of Manipal University to spend weekends. The light house, built by British in 1901, is located on the shores of Arabian Sea. This light house has guided thousands of ships for years. Since the light house is constructed on a rock it gives added visibility across the sea.
Travel time:- 1 hour.
Turtle Bay is a beach resort. A short distance away from the resort, on the Highway, lies a beautiful stretch of road with the sea on one side and backwaters on the other. This stretch measures a few kilometres and is a rare sight.
The scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea, the calm backwaters of the River Sowparnika, breathtaking nature walks, treks along the scenic coast, clean water for snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming - that about sums up what Turtle Bay is all about! Turtle Bay Beach Resort offers you the luxury of lounging on pristine golden sands, amidst swaying coconut palms. The resort gets its name from the sea turtles that inhabit the beach during the nesting season from October to December every year.
Travel time:- 1 hour.
Shravanabelagola is a must visit for history lovers and spiritualists. The Gommateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad. Chandragupta Maurya is said to have died here in 298 BCE after he became a Jain monk and assumed an ascetic life style.
Travel time: 4 hrs
Hassan is a city and the district headquarters of Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is situated 935 m above sea level with weather similar to Bangalore. It is named after the Hasanamba temple located there.
Travel time: 3.5 hrs
Sringeri, also written as Shringeri is a hill town and Taluk headquarters located in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka, It is the site of the first maṭha (Sringeri Sharada Peeta) established by Adi Shankara, Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century CE It is located on the banks of the river Tungā and also a historical Temple (1200 years).
Travel time: 1.5 hrs
Gokarna is located in the state of Karnataka. There are many temples all over this small town.Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers. It is on what was once an unspoiled beach near the estuary of the river Aghanashini. Due to its laid-back, unspoiled and rustic nature many tourists started visiting Gokarna about a decade ago. The beaches around Gokarna were hardly used by the locals until these mainly western tourists started coming. Enterprising locals started stores, restaurants, and now the resorts also caters to the tourists.
Travel time: 3.5 hrs
The city is called the Gateway of Karnataka and lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The various temples and buildings in Mangalore include the Mangaladevi temple, Kadri Manjunatha temple, St Aloysius Chapel, the Rosario Cathedral, Milagres Church and the Jama Masjid.Interior of the St. Aloysius Chapel.
The city is also known for beaches such as Panambur, Tannirbavi, NITK beach, Someshwara, Ullal beach, Summer Sands, Kotekar beach and Sasihithlu beach.Panambur and Thannirbhavi beaches attract tourists from across the country The Sultan Battery watch tower, built by Tipu Sultan, situated in Boloor is on the banks of Gurupura River where one can take the ferry ride by paying small amount across the river and reach Tannirbhavi Beach. Manasa Amusement &Water Park, Pilikula Theme Park are located at Vamanjoor.
Travel time: 1.5 hrs
Karkala is a historical town and for the Jains, a famous pilgrim centre. The famous single stone 42-foot (13 m) statue of Gomateshwara (Lord Bahubali) is located here.The town is only about 40 kilometres from Manipal.. There are 18 temples in Karkala.
The monolith of Gomateshwara formed the nucleus around which the Jain Math and Basadis sprang up. They draw three streams of devotees, lovers of art and students of history.
Travel time:- 1 hour.
This is India's highest waterfall and is about three hours by road from Manipal. The best time of the year to visit these falls is during monsoons, preferably July and August. The roaring waters of the River Sharavati drops from a height of 875 ft to form the glorious waterfall. During summer when the water levels are low, one can actually walk down to the bottom of the falls. Jog falls is the fifth highest waterfall in Asia. This place could be the best get away from your regular mechanical life.
Travel time:- 4 hours.
Before you arrive:
Travelling to, and living in a foreign country may seem to be a daunting prospect, but it helps to know more about the place you’re going to call home for the next few months. Here are some pointers that will give you an idea about what to expect once you reach Manipal:
The temperature generally ranges from 24-38 degrees Celsius. The climate is generally humid and warm throughout the year. Manipal receives heavy rainfall, particularly from June to November. Interns are advised to carry light cotton clothing that are in accordance with the clothing regulations here
The local mode of transportation is auto rickshaw. Local buses are available for travelling within the state. Bicycles can be availed on request.
Life in Manipal is the perfect blend of academics and recreation. There are a fair share of places to step back and relax after a rigorous day of academics and work.
Being a cosmopolitan city, there is no specific food culture in Manipal. One can relish food varying from Indian dishes to Chinese, Oriental, Mexican, Italian and Thai cuisine. Manipal is also a haven for people who love seafood. Popular fast food chains like KFC, Dominos and Pizza Hut also have outlets.
Nestled in nature’s cradle, there is no dearth of scenic places to visit around Manipal, like beaches, waterfalls, islands. For a list of places to visit around Manipal, Click here Note: Visiting beaches/islands during monsoon (July-November) is not encouraged by IAESTE LC Manipal, due to safety concerns.
Here are a few things that need to be kept in mind before you reach India:
Ensure that your visa, passport and insurance documents are in order. Keep a copy of all important documents.
Keep your passport with you at all times, since it’s the most important proof of identity. Leave a copy of it with your family, and keep digital copies (in case it gets misplaced).
It is highly recommended that you bring sufficient cash along with you to support yourself before you receive your stipend at the end of your 1st month. Wait till you get to Manipal to exchange currency, as better exchange rates are available here, than at the airports.
In case you are carrying any electronic equipment, carry an adapter for 230V AC, 50Hz. India uses “Type D” electrical plug points.
Check if your mobile phone is compatible with the local Indian GSM frequency of 900/1800. Ensure that your phone is unlocked, especially if you have an iPhone.
IAESTE LC Manipal has organized a plethora of events for the upcoming year.Some events may have a dress code, or specific requirements. Refer to the following link to know what all you might need: Click here
Take any general vaccinations you feel you may need because of the change of environment you may experience in India.
Inform authorities about any chronic or serious allergies (pollen fever,asthma, etc). Carry a copy of your medical history, if any.
Have at least 15 passport size photographs.
The baggage limit for domestic airlines in India is 15kgs, plus 7kgs for a handbag. If your luggage gets misplaced at the airport, please get proper documents from the airport authorities to ensure it gets delivered to the address:
IAESTE Office, 1 st floor, Innovation Centre
MIT, Manipal University
Getting to Manipal
Manipal is well connected by road, rail and air to all major cities of India. There are two major cities close to Manipal – Udupi (5km) and Mangalore (65km). The following modes of transport can be availed:
Nearest airport (Domestic and International) - Mangalore Mangalore has regular flight service to major Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. There are direct international flights to Mangalore from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Prepaid taxis are available at the airport. However, a university cab will be sent to pick you up. For the flight fares, flight bookings, flight schedule and other details, please visit: www.makemytrip.com or www.yatra.com
There are private and state owned car and bus services from all major Indian cities. Direct buses to Manipal are available from Mangalore, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad and Mumbai. For bus bookings and further information, please visit www.redbus.com or www.makemytrip.com.
Closest railway station – Udupi. Manipal is linked to all important cities of India via the extensive Indian Railway network. Please note that to secure a seat on any train, you need to make a booking well in advance. For railway bookings, train timings and other information, please visit:https://www.irctc.co.in
Arrival On Campus
Once you reach Manipal, you will be escorted to the IAESTE office. A local committee member will brief you about all the formalities that need to be completed.
For more information about the formalities that need to be completed after your arrival,refer to: Life in Manipal
Please come to Manipal before you go elsewhere, so that we can ensure that your visa documents are in order. You might have to be registered at the FRO (Foreign Registration Office) if it’s stamped as: “Registration required within 14 days of arrival in India”.
If not registered within the stipulated period, a foreigner is liable to a penalty of Indian currency equivalent to US$ 30.
Foreigners registered with the police have to inform the FRO if they intend to leave the place of registration for 8 weeks or more, and need to collect an exit permit from the place of registration 7 days prior from their day of departure from India.
Please note that Tourist Visas are NOT accepted and the intern will have to return if they are in India on a Tourist Visa
The International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience is back with its flagship set of events. We are ready to host all visiting interns, throughout the nation, during the most happening week in the most happening town in India, this August. Be prepared for 6 days packed with events such as an International Cuisine Night, Scavenger Hunt, International Day, Annual IAESTE ball, and Sports Day. Each of these events have been specifically designed to help you dive into the depths of Indian culture, while sharing with us a glimpse of yours.
Be prepared to knock off the start to a truly exasperating week by witnessing everything that is truly India. The word “Sanskriti” literally means culture in Hindi, and boy are you in for a ride. India is proud to present itself as a country with extremely diverse cultures and beliefs and we, at The International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, wish to share these cultures and beliefs with all visiting interns by hosting cultural events.
Grab that deerstalker cap and magnifying glass that’s been laying in your wardrobe gathering dust, because we’re going to take you on an adventure in and around the magnificent university town of Manipal! Explore the beautiful contours of our hot and humid hometown, while collecting tiny fragment like clues, each of which shall teach you something glorious about Indian culture and history.
Party like a Desi for a night!
Prepare yourself for a night you'll never forget. What better way to unwind after a long week than with a Bollywood themed night! With one-of-a-kind games like sari draping and turban tying, you will be sure to have an experience like no other. Learn how to dance to the best of Bollywood and sing your heart out to the top Indian songs of this decade. Filled with laughter, drinks, snacks and lots of music - trust us this is one event you will not want to miss!
Come feel what it truly like is to be in Manipal, by celebrating your country’s culture in a university town that that harbors students of over 40 nationalities as full time residents and welcomes students from over 85 different countries every year as interns. This day is dedicated to those interns that wish to share fragments of perhaps what is closest to their heart- Their Country. It could be as simple as setting up a stall to distribute specific handicrafts inspired by their country, or as breathtaking as dramatizing a certain nationalistic or religious ideology.
International Cuisine Night:
Prepare your taste buds for delicious food from all over the globe. The International Cuisine Night, held in the finest kitchen in Manipal, that produced the likes of Vikas Khanna (6 time Michelin star winning chef), is something for every “foodie” to look forward too. From Pretzels to Pancakes and from Dbukbokkie to Dal Makkhani, learn what it truly feels like to live in Manipal by experiencing the spirit of internationalism like never before. Chak de Duniya!
For many travellers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out amble. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place.
Located 300 kilometers towards north-west of the state capital of Kerala, it is known as the Cultural Capital because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings. Historically being the centre of Hindu scholarship, it has one of the most famous temple of Hindu Shaivism, that is the Vadakunnathan Temple. Home to a number of temples, it is also famous for its churches, being masterpieces of architecture.
Located in the port city of Kerala, Fort Kochi is a part of a handful of water bound regions. The European inspired architectural style of the buildings and the town layout easily make Fort Kochi distinct from the other cities of Kerala. Fort Emmanuel, (after which Fort Kochi is named) built by Portuguese, is believed to be one of the first church built in India.
Set at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level, Munnar is a town and a hill station in the Western Ghats range of mountains, towards south-west Kerala. It is known for its unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests, aroma of spice scented cool air.
Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a coastal city in the state of Kerala in southern India. Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on the West and the proud peaks of the Wayanad hills on the east, this district with its beautiful beaches, lush green countryside, historic sites, all combine to make Kozhikode a popular tourist destination with a warm ambience to fascinate a visitor.
A trip to the land of rich heritage and culture, a place which has stood the test of time and seen many people been built and fall, a trip to Mysore. In a 3 day 4-night trip filled with all the unexpected and action filled adventures you couldn’t think of, you shall enjoy your escapade and make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. In this duration, you’ll not only experience the local cuisines and monuments but also get a hand’s on experience of Indian culture and lifestyle.
A fantasy world of rocks and ruins, a carnival of carvings.
A rhapsody in stone, Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, has now been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Magnificent religious and architectural ruins of the Hoysala Empire dot an unearthly landscape characterized by giant boulders perched precariously over miles of undulating terrain. Let the adventurer within you be enchanted by the enigmatic Vittala Temple with its Musical Pillars and Stone Chariot. Marvel at the grandeur of the life the Royals must’ve lived as you explore the Royal and Zanana Enclosure. Bask in the mesmerizing view from the top of Hanuman Temple after completing a climb of 600 steps. The Jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields offset the rusty hues and create an exquisite kaleidoscopic effect. Experience serenity and feel the wind in your hair while relaxing at the banks of Sanapur Lake or as you explore Hippie Island on a moped. Feel a sense of contentment that you haven’t before. A delight for backpackers and pilgrims alike, Hampi is the ideal getaway, and no one should miss out on this exhilarating experience.
At a height of 3500 ft and with the company of clouds, the loudest thing you will hear is your heartbeat. Coorg is about its people, culture, history and the warm hospitality. Make the most of this chance to live in the Scotland and the coffee capital of India. Experience the fresh water cascade at Iruppu falls and the Buddhist culture that still continues to exist. Raja's seat will offer you a wonderful view of the valleys of Western ghats. Discover the origin of Cauvery on mountain slopes and have some fun with elephants at Dubare. Enjoy the green therapy, sip a cup of coffee and get to enjoy monsoons while you breath the fresh and natural air. Dive into this wondrous land and make memories for a lifetime.
GOKARNA and DANDELI
GO GREEN with an adventure filled trip organized by IAESTE INDIA LC MANIPAL
We’ed like to invite you for our trip to Gokarna and Dandeli. Dandeli is an ideal destination for the adventure junkie in you and Gokarna offers just the calm you’re looking after that. The town of Dandeli offers white water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting and angling, along with picnics, eco-tourism, and trips to nearby caves and temples.
With its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes Gokarna is one of those places you don’t wanna miss. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace. In this tropical paradise , for those who aren’t keen on coconuts we will provide you with the good stuff.
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