Kukke Subrahmanya is a village town located in the Sullia Taluk of southern Karnataka. The village is situated on the banks of the Kumaradhara River. Kukke Subrahmanya is popular destination of religious importance with several temples located in the region dedicated to different gods. The main temple located here is of Subrahmanya that is dedicated to the Snake God Vasuki and Lord Subrahmanya.
Visitors have to cross the river of Kumaradhara to reach the temple as it is set against the Kumara Parvatha hills. As far as the story goes, Lord Kumaraswamy came to this town after defeating the Demon Kings of Taraka and Shoorapadmasura in war and it was the same river where he washed his weapons, which was named as Kumaradhara.
The town of Subrahmanya was earlier known by the name of Kukke Pattana and some believe that Sri Shankaracharya even camped here during his religious expedition, which is why this place is referred to as Bhaje Kukke Lingam in the book called 'Subrahmanya Bhujangaprayata Stotram'. Thaipooyam festival is the main event, which is celebrated during January to February.
Kukke Subrahmanya is popular as a religious destination and is surrounded by lush green forest cover along with hills. Travelling in the region is best avoided during summers because of the hot and humid climate. The summer season here is during the months of March to May while the monsoons are between the months of June to September with medium rainfalls. The best time to visit the region is from the months of September to March.
The nearest airport to Kukke Subrahmanya is in Mangalore, about 115 kilometres away whereas the nearest major airport is located in Bangalore that connects international as well as domestic destinations. Taxis are available from these airports to Kukke Subrahmanya.
The nearest train station is that of Subrahmanya railway station, which is about 7 kilometres from Kukke and connects nearby cities. Government buses are operated by the KSRTC and connect other regions to Kukke Subrahmanya. Buses also ply between the regions of Mangalore and Bangalore.