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Sunil Kumar Oct 11 2013

Which are the best places to explore near Manipal?

Mercy Jacob Oct 11 2013
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Manipal (Karnataka) is a cosy, picturesque town, set in the rocky region of Malabar coast. There are tons of interesting places that you can visit around Manipal. Here are some favourites for avid travellers who would like to visit places nearby Manipal:

Goa :

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The most popular tourist attraction is just 5 hours by train from Manipal. Goa tourism has much for adventure-freaks looking for an adrenaline rush, for there are water-sports and other adventure-sports in plenty. Undoubtedly, one of the best things to do in Goa is to visit its umpteen beaches. Lie down on the sand, bathe in the waters or go parasailing or gliding – Goa’s beaches are a joy. Accessing Goa is easy and there are multiple good Goa holiday packages to pick from. Goa also offers its visitors a myriad of opportunities to shop, ranging from top end boutiques that offer exclusive knick-knacks, exotic silks, embroidered products, handicrafts and antiques to the popular weekly flea markets on various beaches, with pleasant and affordable shopping experience.

Jog Falls :

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Yet another magnificent place set in the scenic surroundings of the Western Ghats. Jog Falls is India's second highest falls and it sits not too far from Manipal. It can be reached by car or bike. The walk to the waterfall is marked by well defined craggy walking paths. Surrounded by wild shrubs and sharp rocks, the trekking or walking trail to the waterfall is fairly easy to navigate.

Kerala :

Photo of the Backwaters in Kerala

Kerala's border is just 75 kms from Manipal. Kerala is famous for its breath-taking natural beauty. With its evergreen mountains, dense forests stately palms, swift flowing rivers, extensive backwaters and blue lagoons, it looks like a fairyland. This atmosphere of beauty and peace has nurtured religion and art in Kerala and enabled her to become a precious gem. You might like to avail for the lucrative Kerala tour packages, there is plenty of them. Explore and discover all the popular places to visit in Kerala; they are quaint and simply amazing.

Gokarna :

Photo of Om beach in Gokarna

Gokarna is a destination as much for the ardent pilgrim as the beach-lover. With its narrow streets, traditional houses and temples, the nondescript town, and other noteworthy places to visit in Gokarna, the quaint town has become the favourite haunt of Hindu pilgrims. It is home to a beautiful beach called the 'OM' beach, the only naturally Om shaped beach.

Coorg :

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Coorg is situated on the Western Ghats of Karnataka in South India. Rightly known as the "Kashmir of South" and "Scotland of India" due to its mesmerising scenic beauty and old world charm, Coorg (Kodagu) is a real visual treat for all its visitors. It offers a unique blend of adventure and tranquillity at the same time. For the adventurous at heart, it is an absolute treat. There are trekking, golfing and angling. Coorg is like the dreamland of the philosopher. If you're the type who likes to mingle with nature, romance in the mountains, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch leaves flutter in dance-like movements and hear sounds of birds fill the air, then Coorg is just the place for you. Coorg shares good connectivity with the neighbouring cities and towns. With multiple websites and mobile apps available out there, it is quite easy to do online train ticket booking as well as checking PNR Status.

Agumbe :

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Agumbe is a hill station which can be reached by bikes or cars. The way to this place is a diversion from Parkala. The best part of going to Ugumbe is the ride. Beautiful sceneries will surround you all through the way. This place is around 45 kms from Manipal. Surrounded by the captivating mountains, picture perfect natural beauty and exciting trekking/hiking options, it is the perfect getaway for adventure sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and for everyone who is looking for an indulgent time.

There are also other places that you can visit around Manipal like Kudremukh,

Mangalore, Murdeshwar and Karkala.

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