A view of the Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple with the background of hills.

Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple is situated in Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, in the beautiful Western Ghats of Karnataka. There is a holy River Kumaradhara on the way to this temple. The devotees take a holy dip in this river before they enter into the Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple. The mythology says that Lord Shanmuka, after the victory over the demon Kings Tharaka and Shurapadmasura, and their followers, came to Kumara Parvatha along with His sibling Ganesha.

In Kumara Parvatha, Lord Shanmuka was received by Lord Indra. Lord Indra prayed Lord Shanmuka to marry His daughter Devasena which was accepted by the Lord and the divine marriage took place at Kumara Parvatha. Biladwara cave, one of the holy place, where Goddess Vasuki, the serpent king and the great devotee of Lord Shiva, performed penance to be protected from Garuda. And Lord Shanmuka blessed Goddess Vasuki saying that He would bless the devotees along with Her at this place forever.

A closeup view of the entrance Tower at Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple
A closeup view of the entrance Tower at Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple


The presiding deity of this Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple is Lord Subramanya, and the deity of Goddess Vasuki. And there is a separate deity of Shesha. There is a Garuda pillar found in this temple, which is believed that the pillar stands to safeguard the devotees from the poisonous flames which hurtle out from the breath of Goddess Vasuki.

Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple is one of the immaculate pilgrimage in India and being a hiking destination for the trekkers. The Shesha Parvatha hill is found in the entrance of the Kumara Parvatha Mountain, shaped like a six headed serpent, a picture perfect scene, which is believed to protect the shrine of Lord Subramanya.

A street view infront of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple
A street view infront of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple

Pooja Timings

  • Govu Pooja (opening of the temple) – 5.00 A.M.
  • Ushakala Pooja – 5.30 A.M. to 6.00 A.M.
  • Sevas by the devotees – 6.30 A.M. to 10.00 A.M.
  • Kalashapooja, Panchamrutha Abhisheka, Archana, Mahanaivedya, Mahamangalarathi – 10.00 A.M. to 12.15 P.M.
  • Theertha Prasada didtribution – 12.30 P.M. to 1.30 P.M.
  • Anna Santharpane – 11.30 A.M. to 2.00 P.M.
  • Hannukai Seva – 3.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.
  • Nisha Pooja, Mahamangalarathi – 6.00 P.M. to 7.45 P.M.
  • Theertha Prasada distribution – 7.45 P.M. to 8.30 P.M.

Special Poojas at Kukke Subramanya Temple

  • Ashlesha Bali Pooja (Kaalasarpa dosha)
  • Sarpa Samskara or Sarpa Dosha
A beautiful view of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple with the background of forest
A beautiful view of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple with the background of forest


  • Champa Shashti Rathothsava
  • Kirushashti Utsava
  • Ratha Sapthami Utsava
  • Kukke Linga Jatra
  • Vishu Sankramana Utsava
  • Maha Shivarathri
  • Nagara Panchami
By Road

Buses and taxis are available from Bangalore, Mysore, Hasan, Mangalore, Puttur, Madikeri, Sullia, and Dharmasthala and for other major places.

By Train

The nearest Stations are Nettana Railway Stati about 12 Kms, Uttur railway Station about 60 Kms, Mangalore railway Station about 110 Kms.

By Air

The nearest airports temple are Mangalore Airport about 120 Kms and Bangalore International Airport about 300 Kms.

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