MIT Kundapura is located in the midst of pristine farmlands of Moodlakatte; a small village located about 6 km from the Kundapura town. The town Kundapura has an interesting history. The name Kundapura can be traced to the Kundeshwara Temple built by Kundavarma in the vicinity of the Panchagangavalli River. The name of the town may be derived from Kundavarma who ruled the area. Kunda means 'pillar' in Tulu language, which refers to the traditional method of constructing houses. Pura means town. In addition, the word "Kunda" also refers to the flower Jasmine where the majority people of Kundapura grow flower Jasmine in this region which came to be called as Kundapura (Land of Jasmine).
Kundapura is surrounded by water from three sides. To the north lies the Panchagangavali river. To the east lies the Kalaghar river. To the west lies the Kodi backwaters sea walk and the Arabian Sea, leaving the south side as the main connecting land mass. All connecting roads to Kundapura enter the city from the southern direction. North side of the town is vast backwaters of Panchagangavali river and a bridge has been constructed across it. These panoramic, geographical expanses with glistening brooks and backwaters and bordered by the Arabian sea gives a tranquilizing effect to the studious minds of the young students as they enter in to beautiful campus, an aesthetically blended architecture housing all modern amenities, library, sports facilities and imbibing the cultural heritage of Kundapura, reflecting on the energetic campus. Spread over 60 acres of land, the main buildings comprise of academic blocks, laboratories, a/v rooms, seminar halls and many other amenities.