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Kukke Subramanya Travel Guide

The road to Kukke Subramanya passes through the plantations of coffee and spice plantations of Shiradi Ghat. Meanwhile some awesome views of quaint scenes of hills, forests, valleys and gurgling mountain stream keep the travellers absorbed of the God’s natural beauty. Twenty two km before the Subrahmanya Temple a short stretch of not-so-well-maintained roads, amidst dense foliage of bamboo and oak trees and under cool climes, leads to the pilgrimage. The scene of the temple is as prepossessing as that of a postcard picture. 


Against the backdrop of Kumaraparvat in the Western Ghats, near the sacred river Kumaradhara, the winsome pilgrimage of Subrahmanya is located in the Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district of coastal Karnataka. 

Subramanya Legend and Myth 

Subrahmanya, the youngest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is the presiding deity of Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. The temple precinct doesn’t have any specific Subrahmanya statuette rather a snake representation of the deity. Subrahmanya Kukke shrine is considered to be one of the seven sacred sanctums of the Tulu country. Boasting of several mythological happenings, one such incident of Subramanya shrine is when Lord Krishna’s son was cured of Leprosy. Quiet interestingly, the idols of snake here is sheltered under a bamboo (Kukke in Kannada) roof after the worship. 

The shrine came into being when the Janamejaya vouched to decimate snakes of the hills of what is known as Western Ghats today, by performing a holy yagna (holy oblation). As a consequence of the Yagna the snakes of the regions were annihilated and the some of those lefts were picked up the Garuda, the King crow who is also the natural enemy of snakes. This in turn waged a fierce battle between Vasuki, the King snake and Garuda, when Rishi Kashyapa advised Garuda to pray Lord Shiva and seek Lord Shiva’s divine protection. Lord Shiva decreed that Subrahmanya would kill the asura Taraka and then live in Kukke, by the banks of Kumaradhara River and will be worshipped along with Vasuki. 

Kukke Subramanya Temple 

Temple Timings: 7 am- 1 pm; 3:30- 8:30 pm 

A day is more than enough to check out the shrine of Kukke Subrahmanyam and the near by temples and excursions. The nearest city of Mangalore, almost 3-hr drive from Sullia Taluk, and used as base for to journey down the Subrahmanya Shrine.

Subrahmanya Temple is constructed in wood and tile with a sloping roof topped with a brass Kalasa. The pilgrim centre of Subrahmanya welcomes the darshanarthis with immense natural beauty, and if not a spiritual sanctuary it must have been called as Spiritual Sanctuary. The greenery here soothes the body and mind. After the entrance is located the Dharamsamelan Mantapa, a huge banquet-hall-kind-of-a-room purposefully built for conducting spiritual discourses and cultural programmes. And right beyond that is located a huge pavilion. The shrine houses a gigantic-six-headed Subrahmanya on a peacock and two revered coiled, five hooded serpents as Mahasesha and Vasuki, one below another. 

Pooja and rituals at the temple 

Aarti: The Mahamangal aarti is conducted at 7:30 pm and during the noon time. Also, men are asked to remove their upper garments as a part of their daily ritual. 

Note: Mobiles and still videos are not allowed inside the temple. 

Rathotsava Festival is held in month of Feb every year and Nagapanchami is held in the month of August.

Every morning Nirmalayivisarjana Puja marks the beginning of the day in Kukke Subrahmanya which entails a pooja schedule of removal of last day’ s garlands removal. This is followed by Kolalu Sahasranama Archana. For those who come to pray for their progeny install snakes of stones to get their wish fulfilled. 

Adi Subramanya Temple 

Location: ½ km to the west of main temple 

Timings: 6 am to 6:30 pm 

The senescent temple of Adi Subrahmanyam lays in scenic leafage of bamboo plantations skirted by mountain all sides. Adi Subrhmanya houses ancient anthills worshipped as Vasuki; many devotees get a hand full of mrittika (soil) that is considered as sacred and officinal.

How to Reach

How to Reach Kukke subramanya

Important Distances from Kukke Subramanya
Place Distance
Kasargod 83 km
Madikeri 66 km
Mangalore 107 km
Bangalore 266 km

Kukke Subrahmanya Shrine is located in Dakshin Kannada of the coastal Karnataka. 

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport is the closest access for flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and other parts of India. Kukke Subrahmanya is 110 km from the Mangalore Airport and the taxi fare would be costing around Rs 1200. 

Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore Railway Station and Subramanya Road Railway Station (SBRS) are two rail stations that connect the shrine to other parts of the world. Mangalore Railway Station has better connectivity than Subramanya Railway Road. 

From Train Name Train No Departure Days
Bangalooru Mangalore Exp 6517 20:35 All
Mysore Jn Mangalore Exp 6517 23:45 All
Ernakulam Jn Okha Express 6338 19:55 Wed, Fri

By Road: Kukke Subramanya is well connected to Bangalore, Dharamsthala, Mangalore and Mysore. KSRTCÂ?s Rajhamsa buses ply overnight from Bangalore (8hrs/Rs 230). Private buses connect Kukke Subrahmanya to Mangalore. 

Route from Mangalore Railway Station 

Mangalore Railway Station → take Falnir Road (NH 48) → Perne → continue on NH 48 to Kukke Subramanya Temple.


Excursions of Kukke subrahmanya

► Kumaraparvatha

Distance: 15 km from Kukke Subrahmanya

Kumaraparvat Mountain is located to the east of Kukke Subrahmanya Shrine without any proper concrete roads leading to the shrine. A moderate trek on the footpath takes the enthusiasts to the hill top from where mesmerising visuals enchant every onlooker. To ease out strenuous trek, the seekers can take break at Girigadde, 8 km from the Subrahmanya Shrine. A small food joint is run by family residing at Girigadde and provide a pre-informed stay/rest facilities. 

►Kumardhara River

Distance: 2 km west of Subrahmanya Shrine

The river that flows gorgeously down Kumaraparvat Mountains in enchanting surroundings, Kumardhara River is an excellent place to sit and meditate by. Devotees can take bath at Mathysa Tirth at Kumaradhara River. 


Distance: 1km of South West of the Shrine

The Biladwara caves are located by the side of main road in a natural garden. According to Hindu Mythology, the cave served shelter to Vasuki, the serpent God during his battle with Garuda. The cave is 10 m in length. Pilgrims can not take a tour in the cave with their chappals (slippers/shoes) on; they must leave it outside the cave. 


Location: 3 km from the shrine

This is about three furlong from the temple on the main entrance to the Kshetra. Anjaneya and Vigneshwara shrines are installed in this place. 

►Yadakumeri Railway tunnels

Distance: 30 km

It is an awesome sight that can be seen en route Mangalore – Bangalore train trip. Yedakumeri hill station is located close to Saklespur junction. While on trek, the trekkers can sneak peak into the fog of the clouds and take up the escalation amidst an amazing scene of 56 rail tunnels to one side and undulation of mountains to another side. Yedukumeri is an amazing creation of man, blended with a natural creation. 


Distance: 110 km

The bustling city of Mangalore with high-low undulation of roads, palm-fringed beaches, panorama of lush-green city, is a perfect base to excursion Kukke Subrahmanya. There are some important temples here, and Mangalore invites you to check out and seek the blessings of all the gods and goddesses. 

>> Sri Mangala Devi Temple, Bolar

Location: 3 km from railway station

Timings: 6 am-1pm; 4-8:30 pm

Gorakhnath, a devotee of Matsyendranath, spiritual leader of the Nath sect built a temple for Shakti here. The deity came to be known as Mangala Devi. The idol is resplendently dressed with silks, ornaments and precious stones and jewellery and the Devi’s bimba (reflection) is shown in the morning before the Puja commences. 

>>Manjunath Temple, Kadri

Location: 5 km to the east of the bus stand

Timings: 6 am-1pm, 4-8 pm

Mahapuja: 8 am, noon and evening 8 pm.

*Mahashivaratri is an important festival

A huge ornate Rajagopuram at Manjunatha Temple is an excellent sight that transports you ages back in the 10th – 11th centuries. In the premises are located the bronze statue of Lord Trilokeshwara, one of the oldest

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to Kukke Subramanya

Driving Directions to Kukke Subramanya: The driving directions for Kukke Subramanya are as follows:

Route from Bangalore: NH4 to Nelamangala; NH 48 to Sakleshpur via Kunigal and Hassan’ district; road to Kukke Subramanya.

Bangalore-->NH4-->Neelmaangala--->NH48--->Sakleshpur--->Via Kunigal--->Hassan district road--->Kukke Subramanya-->Gundya.

Driving Directions from Mangalore: The route for Mangalore traverses through the NH49 to Uppinangad via BC road, state highway to Kukke Subramanya via Kadaba.

Route from Mangalore--->NH49--->Uppinangad--->BC road-->State Highway--->Kukke Subramanya.

By Airport: Mangalore is the nearest airport which nestled 110km from Kukke Subramanya.

By Rail: The nearest rail head is the Mangalore Railway station which is well connected to the major cities of India.

Kiomoi Must Do's

Kiomoi Must Do`s

The Kiomoi Must Do’s are as follows:

*The travellers must make a visit to all the pilgrimage centres in the region.

*Kukkey Subrahmanya temple, Balamuri Ganapati Temple, Mangala Devi Temple, Manjunatah Temple and Adi Subrahmanya are amongst those famous sanctums in the region are worth visiting.

*Do take the free meals at Annadanna which provided by the temple authorities.

*Spend time by the Kumaradhara river.

*Make a visit to Biladwara

*Do go for the shopping of icons of silver hooded nagas

*There is a bazaar in front of the temple from where the travellers can shop for some antiques.

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Sarp Dosh Pooja

Kukke Subrahmanya - Sarp Samskara/ Sarp Dosh Pooja

Sarpa Samskara or Sarp Dosha Pooja is a remedial prayer offered by those afflicted by Sarp Dosha or Kaal Sarp Dosha during their lifetime. Kukke Subrahmanya, the shrine of Kartikeya, is believed to relieve those afflicted by this Kundali Dosha (a defect in natal birth chart of any person) through a special pooja performed in the name of the person affected. 

Sarp Dosh Pooja at Kukke Subrahmanya Temple 

The Sarpa Samskara/ Sarpa Dosha pooja is one among many other Pooja Schedules performed at Kukke Temple. This is a special pooja and is conducted by married male person who is under effect of Sarpa Dosha or the concerned priest of the temple. Kaal Sarp Puja is similar in rituals that of Shrartham/shradh (death rites) conducted after the death of a person. The prayers and offerings for Sarp Dosh are specially conducted during the day hours, with no puja rituals done after it gets dark. Sarp Samskara seekers are required to stay for two or more days in order to perform the pooja rituals. However, food is provided for three or more people during the pooja. 

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple Pooja Sevas Charges 

Important Harike Sevas at Kukke Subramanya Temple are (Except on Ekadashi days)
Sarpa Samskara: Rs. 1300.00 to Rs. 1800
Naga Prathista: Rs. 250.00
Ashlesha Bali: Rs. 250.00
Maha Pooja: Rs. 300.00

Others: Angapradakshina Namakarana Sesha Seva


Kukke subrahmanya Accommodation

Several choultries, guesthouses, dharamshalas surround the Kukke Temple in great vie. The temple shrine of Kukke Subrahmanya is surrounded with hoards of accommodation and stay arrangements in a stretch of 2-3 km of the temple proximity. In addition, the temple authorities also have their own guesthouses. Kukke Temple offers a comfortable accommodation with AC rooms and moderate facilities. Accommodations at Kukke Temple are available for almost classes, ranging from low-budget to higher budget hotels to the star-category arrangements. However, the best part of the stay at Subrahmanya Shrine is South Indian cuisines and the verdant valleys.

Following are some of hotel and guest houses available in Kukke Subrahmanya :- 

>>Ashlesha Guesthouse 

>>Forest Resort 

>>Anuragha Lodge 

>>Sheshnag Ashreya 

>>Suraksha Lodge 


>>Mayura Residency


Eat n Dine

Eat n Dine in Kukkey Subrahamanya

Annadana(free food) is provided by the temple in an airy, clean dining hall near the entrance. No coupons are required . The food offered here is basic, with rice, dal and sweet, dish served on plantain leaves(lunch noon-2pm; 8-9.30 pm). For Brahmins lunch is served at 1:00PM in the Sankara Mutt inside the temple. Neo Mysore Cafe and Hotel Kumara Kripa are the two decent veg restaurants on Car street. Alcohol and non veg food is not served anywhere.


Weather in Kukke Subramanya

The Summer in Kukke during March to May are very Hot with the temperature ranging from 35 degree Celsius and 40 degree Celsius. During the monsoon season that is from the month of Month of June to September this region recieves moderate rainfall. The weather during this season is hot and humid.The best time to visit the Kukke Subhrahmanya temple are in the months of January and February. December to March are the best months of winter season when the travelers can plan to make a tour to Kukke Subramanya. The temperature during this season ranges from 25 degree Celsius(maximum) to 15 degree Celsius(minimum).

Useful Facts

Useful Facts

State: Karnataka, South India

Important Temples: Subrahamanya temple, Balamuri Ganapati Temple, Mangala Devi Temple, Manjunatha temple

Location: Against the backdrop of Kumaraparvatta in the Western Ghats, near the sacred river Kumaradhara, scenic Subrahmanya is in the Sullia Taluk of the Dakshina Kannada district of Coastal Karnataka.

Distances: 110 Km SE of Mangalore, 290 Km SW of Bangalore

Route from Bangalore: NH4 ti Neelamangala, NH48 to Sakleshwar via Kunigal and Hassan; district road to Kukke Subrahamanya via Gundya Route from Mangalore NH 48 to Uppinangadi via BC Road, state highway to Kukke Subrahmanya via Kadaba.

Best time to visit: The travellers can make a visit tyo Subarahmanya by any time of the year. The travelers should better avoid to travelling to Kukkey Subarahmanya during the summer and monsoon seasons.

Shopping: Icons of silver hooded Nagas are favorite with shoppers. Apart from the usual Puja souveniers, try honey(midli) whole mango pickles, amla oil and thailas(medicinal oils) for pain relief.

Stay options: The Akshara guest house, Ashlesha guest house, Hotel Sheshnaag Aashraya and Mayura Residency offers homely and comfortable rooms.

Holiday Check List

Holiday Check List

The travelers before going to the Kuke Subramanya  should  consider the following check list which are as follows:

  • Empty your letter box

  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after

  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it

  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply

  • Clear out the fridge.

  • Switch off the electric appliances

  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area

  • Lock doors and windows

  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons

  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards

  • Pay all due bills

  • Turn off gas/water/

  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm

  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice

Packing your luggage

  • Woollen/cotton clothing

  • Extra towels

  • Extra pair of socks

  • Night wears

  • Raincoats

  • Wrappers

  • Bath robes

  • Jumper and track suits


  • Battery Charger

  • Camera

  • Mobile

  • Mobile Charger

  • Torch/Emergency Light

  • Headphones


  • Brochures or holiday book

  • Sunglasses

  • Sewing kit

  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)

  • Film rolls and digital chargers

  • Ear Plugs

  • Watch

  • Umbrellas

  • Address Book

  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins

  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant

  • Few non perishable eatables

  • Medicines

  • Books / magazines to read

Banks and ATMs

Banks and ATMs in Kukke Subramanya

The Banks and ATMs in the Kukke Subramanya region are located in he heart of the city. Vijaya bank and Indian Overseas bank are the two banks located with in the temple radius. The travelers can also figure out the State Bank of India branch as well as ATMs in the main market premises of the Kukkey Subramanya temple. All the ATM’s are nestled adjacent to the temples premesis and the main commercial market. The travelers can reach to all the important banks and ATM’s by walking.