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Kukke Subramanya

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Best Time: Jul-Mar Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Check Flights

Kukke Subramanya Tourism

Known for the Subramanya temple with Subramanya, lord of all serpents as the deity, Kukke Subramanya is a village with beautiful landscapes all around.

Placed on the banks of the river Kumaradhara, this village is a pleasant mix of natural beauty and religious sanctity. Its unparalleled and abundant natural endowment makes it a popular tourist destination. It is mostly well known for its religious attractions, with a quite a few temples in the area. It is also a tourist spot owing to the lush green forests, rivers and the mountains that surround these temples.

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The history of Kukke-Subramanya is firmly bound with the legends of the temple. According to mythology, Lord Subramanian, also known as Shanmukha, arrived here with his brother Lord Ganesha to vanquish the demon Tharaka and others. Following their victory, the Lord Indra gave his daughter’s hand in marriage to Lord Subramanian. The two were joined in holy matrimony in the presence of all the Gods - including the trio of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is also believed that the great sage and devotee of Lord Shiva - the serpent king Vasuki, performed tapas or penance here for many years, to avoid attacks by the mythical Garuda. Impressed by his devotion, Lord Subramanian blessed the sage, and it is believed that he resides in spirit along with Vasuki in the shrine of the temple. Devotees believe that coming to the temple and paying homage to the Lord would keep them away from evil or naga dosha.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kukke Subramanya

There aren't too many options for food and cuisine here and your choices can get a bit limited. It might be advisable to carry food from home or make personal arrangements. You might chance upon local cuisine here, consisting of Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Kesari Bath, Mysore pak etc .
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Visit the famous Kukke-Subramanya Temple - and revel in the beautiful sculptures of Lord Subramanian, and the serpent king Vasuki. The temple also has many mutts and lingas in its surrounding areas. Head to the nearby local handicraft stores and food joints after darshan. Following this, pay a visit to the Kumaradhara river. Also find time to visit the nearby temples such as the traditionally designed red stoned Vanadurga Devi Temple, the Nepali style Kukke Shri Abhaya Mahaganapathi Temple and the ancient Somanatha Temple Agraha.

Day 2-  The second day can be devoted to some trekking and adventure activities. Pay a visit to the Kumaraparvatha, and revel in the breathtaking mountain view. Next, visit the Yadakumeri Railway tunnel, and enjoy a trek along the natural hilly paths.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Lovely temples with intricate designs.

What's Not So Great?

Hard to reach. Nothing much to see apart from the temples.

For Whom?

Kukke Subramanya is a great place to visit for pilgrims.

How To Reach Kukke Subramanya

Kukke Subramanya has its own railway station. The nearest airport is at Mangalore. Bus services are available to and from the neighbouring cities at regular intervals.

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