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Kukke Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple in Karnataka


Kukke Subramanya Swamy Temple


Kukke Subramanya Swamy temple is a famous Hindu temple situated in Subramanya village, Sullia taluk, Dakshina Kannada District near Mangalore (105 km).

It is located in the amazing Western Ghats range of Karnataka, India surrounding with dense forests. Kukke Subramanya Swamy is adored as the Lord of all serpents.

The temple is one of the pristine Indian pilgrimage location. People worship Lord Subrahmanya, the lord of all serpents.

Lord Subrahmanya lies on the famous mountain of Kumara Parvatha and the Shesha Parvatha looks like protecting the temple shrine.

Kukke Temple
Kukke Subrahmanya Swamy Temple

The history behind this place reveals that the divine serpent king Vasuki was performing tapas for several years here to avoid the attack of Garuda.

It is also one of the popular hiking destination for tourists coming from all parts of the world. It can be easily reached by train, buses or taxis.


The temple lies on the banks of river 'Dhara' which originates in the Kumara mountain passing to the western sea.

Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple

Kukke Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple Karnataka

Kukke Subramanya Swamy temple

Temple Timings:


Morning Evening
7-00 AM to 1-30 PM 3-30 PM to 8-00 PM

Temple Rituals


Time of the Rituals Name of the Rituals
5-00 A.M Doors open, Go-Pooja
5-30 to 7-30 A.M Usha Kala Pooja
7-00 to 10-00 A.M Sevas by the Devotees
10-00 to 12-15 P.M Madhyahna Pooja Consisting of Kalashapooja, Panchamrutha Abhisheka, Archana, Mahanaivedya
12-00 P.M Mahamangalarathi
12-30 to 1-00 P.M Distribution of Theertha Prasada
1-30 to 2-00 Anna Santharpane
3-30 to 6-00 Hannukai Seva, Mangalarathi by the devotees
6-00 to 7-40 P.M Nisha Pooja
7-30 P.M Mahamangalarathi
8-00 P.M Closing the main doors
8-00 P.M to 9-30 P.M Night Meals

Other Pooja Activities Performed for Pilgrims:

  1. Sarpa Samskara/Sarpa Dosha
  2. Ashlesha Bali
  3. Naga Prathista

What Places to Visit Nearby the Temple?



Adventure Places:
  1. Kumaraparvatha (15 km from the temple)
  2. Yadakumeri Railway Tunnels
Sacred Places:
  1. Kukke Linga
  2. Kala Bairava Devaru
  3. Umamaheshwara
  4. Hosoligamma
  5. Sringeri Mutt
  6. Ballalaraya Vigraha
  7. Uttaradi Mutt
  8. Adi Subrahmanya (0.25 km)
  9. Kashikatte Ganapathi (0.25 km)
  10. Biladwara (0.30 km)
  11. Kumaradhara river
  12. Darpana Theertha
  13. Sri Subrahmanya Mutt
  14. Samputa Narasimha
  15. Vanadurga Devi Temple (0.50 km)
  16. Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi (0.45 km)
  17. Somanatha Temple Agrahara (1.5 km)
  18. Basaveshwar Temple Kulkunda (2 km)
  19. Hari Hareshwara Temple (8 km)
Kukke Subramanya Temple

Other Places:
  1. Garden near Adi Subrahmanya Temple (0.25 km)
  2. Garden near Biladwara
  3. Bisile beauty spot (3 km)
  4. Mathsya Gundi (7 km)
  5. Research Station (10 km)

How To Reach:


Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

By Road:

Kukke Subrahmanya temple is well connected by road from Mangalore and Bangalore. Many KSRTC buses run on a daily basis from these two places.

Also, private buses like Kukkeshree Travels, KSRTC Travel House and other taxis ply from major cities like Bangalore, Puttur, Hasan, Sullia, Mysore, Mangalore, Dharmasthala, Madikeri and many other places.


By Air:

The closest air connectivity to Kukke Subrahmanya is the Mangalore International Airport (Bajpe Airport) located at a distance of 115 km.

By Rail:

The nearest rail head is Subrahmanya Road (SBHR) Railway Station, which lies on Mangalore-Bangalore railway route at 7 km from Kukke Subrahmanya. It takes 15-minute drive from station to the temple.

Mobile Connectivity:


The Subrahmanya village is well covered by all the mobile service providers namely
  1. BSNL
  2. Airtel
  3. Vodafone
  4. MTS
  5. Idea
  6. Reliance

Hotels to Stay?


Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple

Temple Lodges:

Lodge Name Room Type
Akshara Guest House A/C, Non A/C Rooms
Karthikeya Kripa Double and Single Bed Rooms
Kumarakripa Double and Single Bed Rooms

Private Lodges:

Lodge Type Tariff
SLR Residency Tariff - Rs. 600 onwards
Anugraha Lodge Tariff - Rs. 400 onwards
Mayura Residency Tariff - Rs. 400 onwards
Sri Krishna Residency Tariff - Rs. 500 onwards

Author Note


Thanks for Lakshmi and Madhav for Contributing their pictures to our blog post. They also visited SGS Avadhoota Datta Peetham in Mysore which I covered already in my earlier post. Viewers are suggested to read that beautiful post as well.

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple in Subrahmanya village


Shri Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

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Kukke Subrahmanya Temple Map:



Kukke Subrahmanya Temple Address:


Sullia Taluk,
Dakshina Kannada District,
Subrahamanya,
Karnataka,
Pincode - 574238,
India.

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