NITK lies on the coastal belt of Karnataka, on the National Highway 66, at about 22 kms from Mangalore towards Udupi. It lies close to Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore Railway Station and the Mangalore Port. Bus Routes from Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore ( that terminate at Udupi-Manipal) pass through the College and visitors can disembark right away.
A few trains stop in Surathkal Railway Station which is just about 3 kms. to NITK. Autorickshaws are generally available in the Surathkal Railway Station. Although the distance is small, the auto fare varies between Rs.60 to Rs.100.
Most of the trains come to Mangalore Central Railway Station. You may take a prepaid auto to “State Bank Service Bus Stand” and from there, you will get many buses to NITK. Service Buses take about an hour to reach NITK while Express Buses take about 40 minutes. Get down at NITK Guest House stop. Very few city buses are also plying via NITK (Route No.2). In any case, before boarding the bus, please ensure that the bus stops at NITK. Alternately, you can board any bus to Surathkal and from there, take an auto to NITK.
There are a few trains which do not come to Mangalore Central; but stop at Mangalore Junction (also called Kankanady). This is a slightly inconvenient Railway Station. However, you get city buses to “State Bank” , from where you will get plenty of buses to NITK.
If you are travelling by bus, please check with the service providers, as most of the buses to Mangalore/ Udupi pass through NITK and they give you a request stop at NITK. While booking on KSRTC, please ask for “SURATHKAL” and please request the Conductor to stop at NITK. NITK Bus Stop is very close to the Guest House Gate.
Flying by Air is also convenient. Mangalore Airport is just about 20 kms from NITK and after landing in Mangalore Airport, you can hire prepaid taxi to reach NITK easily.
Distance from Popular Source Points (approx.)
From Mangalore Airport: 20 KM
From Mangalore Central Railway Station: 21 KM
From Mangalore Junction Railway Station: 25 KM
From Surathkal Railway Station: 04 KM
From Mangalore Bus stand: 22 KM
From Udupi Bus Stand: 35 KM
Travel Time and distance from other cities
|By Bus||By Train||By Air|
|From Mumbai: 22 hrs||From Mumbai: 18 hrs||From Bangalore: 40 mins|
|From Bangalore: 7 hrs||From Chennai: 18 hrs||From Mumbai: 1 hr 20 mins|
|From Mysore: 7 hrs||From Thiruvananthapuram: 18 hrs|
|From Goa: 8 hrs||From New Delhi: 40 hrs|
|From Ernakulam: 10 hrs||From Ernakulam: 9 hrs|
|From Hyderabad: 24 hrs||From Calcutta (via Chennai): 50 hrs|
|From Bijapur: 14 hrs||From Jammu Tawi (via New Delhi): 60hrs|
|From Hubli: 7hrs||From Guwahati (via Calcutta): 72 hrs|
|From Belgaum: 9hrs|