Situated on the banks of the river Kumaradhara, the village of Subrahmanya lies in the Sullia Taluk in the state of Karnataka. Known for the Subramanya temple with Subramanya, lord of all serpents as the deity, Kukke Subramanya is a village with beautiful landscapes all around. The place is a pleasant mix of natural beauty and religious sanctity. Its unparalleled and abundant natural endowment and its religious attractions make it a popular tourist destination.

Nature reveals herself in all her unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests and mountains which the village is surrounded by. The temple is situated in the heart of the village. Lord Subrahmanya is the main deity of Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. Kukke Subrahmanya is the abode of nagas. Here pooja is offered to lord Subrahmanya merged with serpent king Vasuki. It is believed to be the ultimate solace for salvation from any sort of naga doshas. Thousands of devotees come here from far and wide to offer Sarpa Samskara, Nagaprathishta, Ashlesha Bali & other rituals.


September to March is the best period to visit Kukke Subramanya Temple.

How to Reach

Subramanya has its own railway station. The nearest airport is at Mangalore (108 km). Bus services are available to and from the neighboring cities at regular intervals.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Subramanya Temple: To reach the temple the pilgrims have to take a holy dip in Kumaradhara River and then cross it before entering the temple. The devotees enter the courtyard from the doorway at the back. Between the sanctorum and the portico entrance, there is the Garuda pillar covered with silver. Devotees circumambulate this pillar. Beyond the pillar are the outer hall, the inner hall, and then the sanctorum of Sri Subrahmanya. At the center of sanctorum is a pedestal. On the upper dais stand the deity of Sri Subrahmanya and the deity of Vasuki and, at a somewhat lower level, the deity of Shesha. Ritual worship is offered to these deities every day. The temple is slowly gaining popularity, owing to its religious significance and importance.

Subramanya Mutt: Lying on the south east corner of the outer quadrangle of the Subramanya temple, it currently operates as an educational institution and also manages the various temples in this region.

Adi Subramanya: This shrine is situated next to the Subramanya Temple, featuring anthills that are worshipped as Vasuki and Adishesha. Along with being a religious attraction this place also provides respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with its mountain streams and lush green surroundings.

Dharmasthala: The prime attractions here are the Manjunatha temple, monolith of Bahubali, and the Shiva temple in Karanje. It is a cultural mix, displaying Shaiva, Vaishnava as well as Jain cultures.

Sringeri Mutt: The sacred city of Sringeri is situated on the banks of the Tunga River. This temple built in the 7th century is well known for its splendid architecture with an exhibit of evolution from Hoysala to the Vijaynagar type of architecture. It is dedicated to Chandramauleshwara.

Mullayanagiri: The highest peak in Karnataka at 1930 m above sea level, the Mullayanagiri is located in the Baba Budan Giri Hills. Mountain biking and trekking are carried out amidst the pristine beauty of these hills. A Shiva temple is also located on the peak.

Kumara Parvatha: At a height of 4000 feet, this peak provides a breathtaking view of the Somwarpet town below, and is a magnificent backdrop to the Subramanya Temple. It is also a popular hiking destination for adventure lovers.

Matsya and Panchami Tirthas: Situated on the river Kumaradhara, this site is where devotees can absolve themselves of their sins by taking a bath here. The Tirthas are considered very holy.

Biladwara Cave: A cave on the way to the Subramanya Temple, it is believed to have been the sheltering place for the Serpent God Vasuki to avoid facing Garuda.

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