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Kukke Subramanya Temple – Accomodation and Travel

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I see that there are quite a few hits to my blog on Kukke Subramanya Temple. Of course, most people get to the page wanting to know how to reach Kukke and where to stay. Which means my writeup is a completely useless article for them. So, here I go in my attempt to be of some use to the devotees of Kukke Subramanya.

Accomodation: There are quite a few guest houses at Kukke. Ashlesha, Karthikeya, Kumarakrupa and Skandakrupa are few of them. Courtesy this site, the phone number for booking rooms is 281224 or 281400. The STD code for Kukke is 08257. There is another lodge called as the Sriniketana lodge which is also pretty reasonable. I do not have the number but the folks from the other lodges should be able to provide the same.

Travel: The road through Shiradi ghats and through Charmadi ghats (through Mysore-Madikeri-Puttur) are both horrible. And I can’t see them being repaired any time soon. Traveling on one’s own vehicle could be a nightmare. The best option, according to, is to take a KSRTC Rajahamsa bus from Bangalore overnight. Its really convenient. Plus you can book two way tickets online.

In case you are not able to book accomodation and have to reach Kukke (with family), the better thing to do would be to land up in Dharmasthala and take an accomodation there. There are multiple guest houses available there and chances of obtaining one are brighter. Dharmasthala to Kukke is about 60KMs and you can cover it in less than 2 hours plus there are lots of public transport buses available.

P.S: I am now even more convinced about what I wrote a few days ago over here. Two weeks ago, Nitin and I landed up in Kukke. Nitin wanted to go there and I was his guide πŸ™‚ Hoovina jothe naaru swarga serithu!


From Bangalore :- Bangalore – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Chennarayapatna – Hassan – Sakleshpura – Gundya Junction – (left turn on NH48) – Subramanya. Approximate distance is 280kms. Road quality is (a) excellent till Sakleshpura, (b) bad then onwards.

From Mysore :- Mysore – Hunsur – Periyapatna – Kushalnagara – Madikeri – Sampaje – Puttur – Subramanya. Approximate distance is 220kms. Road quality is average.

Update:Β  As of March/April 2008, the Shiradi Ghats section between Sakleshapura and Gundya (near Kukke) has significantly improved. Work is progressing at a rapid rate. Out of the 45kms, almost 30kms is very good. You will have to travel a little slow in the remaining 15kms. I managed it in a Honda City which has one of the lowest ground clearances. So you can imagine!

Update: See some photos of the road and Shiradi ghats as of July 2008

Update (January 2009):

Found this excellent website with complete and useful information on the temple. Click here.


Written by Hariprasad

February 25, 2008 at 5:24 pm

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  1. “Hoovina jothe naaru swarga serithu! ”

    long time had not heard this gud one πŸ™‚


    February 25, 2008 at 5:41 pm

  2. what does β€œHoovina jothe naaru swarga serithu! ” mean??? pls translate.


    February 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm

  3. Nitin,

    A literal translation would be “Along with the flowers, the thread (used to make the garland) also reached heaven (God)”

    – Hari


    February 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm

  4. adding to comment
    >”A literal translation would be β€œAlong with the flowers, the thread (used to make the garland) also reached heaven (God) without any efforts ;-)”


    February 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm

  5. The translation though means that the thread used to make garland also reached the heavens along with the flowers,the actual meaning to be construed is that if you are in the company of good people you will also get good returns.


    May 5, 2008 at 9:32 am

  6. Hey nice interpretation moorthy though πŸ˜‰
    u blog???if so pass on the link πŸ™‚


    May 6, 2008 at 10:05 am

  7. Thanks for the Information . It was quite handy and useful !

    KV Bhat

    May 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

  8. Dear KV Bhat,

    Happy to know that it was useful to you.

    Regards, Hari

  9. Hi:
    Do you have the phone numbers of the temple management?


    May 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm

  10. Hi Ethendra,

    Sorry I do not have the temple number(s).

    Regards, Hari

  11. Hi Ethendra,

    The contact telehone no. of the Temple is : 08257-281224 and

    Bhattar Mane (Priest Home) : 0-9945618495

    Thank you

    Umasankar Muthuraju

    Umasankar Muthuraju

    May 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

  12. Dear Hari,
    Thanks for such a lovely post. I am also planning to go to Subramanya in this week. I am still at large as to how to reach the place. I have travelled recently ( 2months back ) to Mangalore through Shirady ghat and it was quite good except a few bad patches.
    To reach to Subramanya, where should i take left from the NH to get the best and the shortest route and you should 15 kms is bad …so which section are you talking about.

    After searching through google maps, mapmyindia.com i have these three four routes. Pls suggest which one to take

    1. NH48–Saklespur–( take left on Nh 48 )Haldahalli–Hethur—Subramanya

    2. NH48-Saklespur–heggadae–( take left on Nh 48 , just before Shirady)–)–Komabaru –Billinele–Subramanya

    3. NH48–Saklespur–Shirady—( take left on Nh 48 )–Noojibalthia–Kutrupadi–Bantra–Aithoor–Subramanya

    4. NH48–Saklespur–Shirady-uppinagady—(take left on NH 48)–Koila-Alankara–kadaba-Aithoor–Sumbramanya

    Out of these four, which one did you take, whats the total distance that one has to travel after taking left on NH48. I am travelling on Alto.
    Pls reply soon.



    June 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

  13. Dear Neeraj,

    My suggestion to you is to ignore the details that you found on that site. From Sakleshpur, continue on the highway for about 48-50 kilometres. You will reach a junction called “Gundya”. There is a checkpost at that junction – so you will find many lorries and trucks there. Perpendicular to the highway, you will find a small road to the left (so its a T-shaped junction). There are also quite a few shops at the junction. Take that turn and go 22kms. You will reach Subramanya.

    It is very difficult to miss that junction πŸ™‚ as it is bound to be your first exposure to civilization after 50kms in one of the World Bio-Diversity Hotspots.

    Hope that helps.
    Regards, Hari

  14. Thanks for such a quick reply Hari, So when you say 15kms is bad, so is it this 22 Kms stretch after I take the left turn from Gundya thats real bad.



    June 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm

  15. No no, a small portion of the 50kms on the highway is still bad, when I last heard about it (sometime last week).

    The 22kms is almost completely in good condition. But in the ghats, you never know πŸ™‚

    BTW, the monsoon will hit the ghats any day now. Do take enough care and ensure you drive only during daytime.

    Regards, Hari

  16. Thanks a ton Hari. I will update here once I am back.



    June 2, 2008 at 7:32 pm

  17. hello hari,
    one of my relatives is planning to visit kukke for “Nagara pratishtapane” in the month of october.
    they will travel from chennai,
    please give me details as to how i can make arrangements for them to reach kukke..
    if they come till mangalore, what are the best options,since they do not speak kannada, they speak only tamil, i need your help in finding reliable taxi people from mangalore to kukke and back.
    can you please let me know how long is the journey from mangalore to kukke?
    since i am also not in bangalore to make the arrangements, i would like to know the details from you and then accordingly direct them or make bookings for them..
    please help, you can also send me an offline mail.
    look forward to hearing from you..


    June 16, 2008 at 9:37 am

  18. Hello Veena,

    If they are coming through Bangalore, taking a bus directly to Kukke (from Blr) would be best. Else, they can reach Mangalore and take a bus from there. Taxi would be an unnecessary expenditure. I can confidently claim that the transport system in Mangalore/Udupi is the best in India.

    There are regular buses to Kukke from the KSRTC bus stand in Mangalore (which is where state transport buses from Chennai/Bangalore would land).

    Or better still, they can reach the private bus stand (Hampankatta Bus Stand – about 2kms away from the KSRTC bus stand) and they will find tons of private buses to Kukke.

    Kukke is about 100kms from Mangalore. If they still want to hire a taxi, it shouldn’t be an issue as Tamil works in Mangalore!

    Hope this helps.
    – Regards, Hari

  19. Hari , Thank You for the wonderful post and the great service you are providing to reders like me. I am planning to be in Bangalore for a few weeks with my family in the first two weeks of August. Would that be a good time ( say first week of August ) to visit Subramanya and get darshan ? Would the monsoons make travel difficult ? . If we can go , I would perhaps rent a car and go.

    Your help is very much appreciated ( and you will get a share of our punya if we do visit Subramanya ). THANK YOU.


    July 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  20. Dear Prakash,

    Thanks for your appreciative comments.

    During August, you can expect a *LOT* of rain but its also the best time to visit Kukke if you love greenery and nature. The Shiradi ghats road from Bangalore to Mangalore have been reopened. From what I hear, the road is of excellent quality now.

    Since its monsoon time, you should probably keep a bit of time at hand when planning the journey, in case there are delays. I do not see any other problems.

    Hope you make it to Kukke during your trip. And any excess punya is always welcome πŸ™‚

    Regards, Hari


    July 11, 2008 at 6:03 pm

  21. Dear Hari,
    My friend wishes to visit kukke subramanya temple with his family from kumta (Karwar district) to perform aslesha bali at the temple. He wants to know about the minimum expenditure about the pooja procedure mentioned above. Should he book or register his name at the temple office prior to his visit to the temple.
    with regards,
    Rajendra Pandit.


    July 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm

  22. Dear Rajendra,

    I think Ashlesha Bali costs a few hundred rupees. But I am not sure if you required to stay there for more than a day. It may be so. The temple phone number is available in one of the comments above. I suggest that you call them and confirm the schedule.

    Since “Samoohika” Ashlesha Bali is done, I do not think prior booking is necessary. Once you obtain the information through phone, request you to update us through a comment. It will benefit others.

    Regards, Hari


    July 15, 2008 at 11:50 am

  23. Hi Hari,
    Thank u for the info. Its great. I and my wife have to travel to Subramanyam Temple (is Kukke and Subramanyam temples same..?) and also visit Dharamsthala before this. We plan to do in August or Sept. As we’ll be leaving or bringing along smallkids..pls advise best routes from Chennai. Will a train from Chennai to M’lore and a TAXI from there be good..? Can we do both temples in a day (without much trouble) and head back by night train..? Pls advise..? U may also copy me on my email gitesh.mail@gmail.com.
    Regards, Gitesh

    From Chennai

    July 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  24. Dear Gitesh,

    September onwards should be better from rain point of view. Right now, it would be messy for a first-timer.

    A single day for both places is going to get tight. You will need more than 5 hours just for the travel from Mangalore and back (and yes, train to Mlore and then taxi would be a very good option). Depending on the day you visit (and your luck), you may have to spend a few hours waiting for the darshan at both temples. Therefore, keeping two days on the whole would be much better.

    Regards, Hari


    July 28, 2008 at 10:11 am

  25. Hi Hari,

    Your information on the web is very simple, but greater useful.
    You are appreciated man.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Nanda Naik

    August 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

  26. Hi Hari

    Quite an interesting website. I came across your website while searching for kukke subramanya contact no
    do you have any information on sarpa dosha pooja performed at the temple


    August 4, 2008 at 11:18 am

  27. Hello Leela,

    The only pieces of information I have is that it is performed over two days and is, in a ritualistic sense, equivalent to the “Shraddha” performed for the “Pitrus”.

    The link below has more information. It may help you.

    Wiki-how link on Sarpa Samskara.

    Regards, Hari


    August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

  28. Hi Hari,

    Firstly, i want to thank you for all the information you have provided here.

    we are planning to go to Kukke Subramanya and Dharmasthala (Darshan on this 18th, Monday) from Bangalore.

    Our plan is to travel from Bangalore to Subramanya, after darshan head towards Dharmasthala and return Subramanya by evening or late evening to catch Yesvanthpur Exp at Subramanya at 10PM.

    Do you think its possible, both temples in the same day ?

    Or you suggest us to arrive at Subramanya the day before ?

    what i thought is, if one makes it in the 1st batch of Abhishekam. we will have good amount of time to travel Dharmasthala.

    Lastly, do we need to book any tickets …Darshan, Abhishekam in advance ?

    please share me your thoughts on it.

    thanks in advance
    Bhavani Sankar

    Bhavani Sankar

    August 9, 2008 at 11:36 pm

  29. Dear Bhavani Sankar,

    The plan you have prepared looks a little tight. By the time you finish Darshan at Subramanya, it could be well be past 11AM. The journey to Dharmasthala takes more than 90 minutes. Which means that the temple at Dharmasthala could be closed for Darshan. As far as I can remember, the temple re-opens well past 6PM and depending upon the queue, it will take a while for Darshan.

    I suggest you take the second plan about reaching Subramanya one day in advance. You can finish Darshan by evening and leave for Dharmasthala early in the morning the next day.

    On the other hand, if you are not too keen on taking the train, covering Dharmasthala first and reaching Subramanya in the afternoon is also a good idea. You can have darshan at Subramanya in the evening and take the night bus back to Bangalore.

    Regards, Hari


    August 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

  30. Hi Hari,

    I really appreciate your quick response !

    Actually, we are planning to enter in 1st batch of Abhishekam at 4 or 4:30 AM on Monday at Subramanya.
    (my brother has to participate in that)
    Also heard that, Abhishekam will be done only in mornings in 2 batches one at 6:30AM and another at around 9AM.

    I think that will be possible, only if we can reach Subramanya the evening of day before as I dont see any bus/train from bangalore arrives before 4AM.

    Bhavani Sankar

    Bhavani Sankar

    August 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

  31. Hi,

    I am planning to go to kukke this weekend and already booked the ticket . How is the whether now and the road.


    August 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

  32. Dear Hariparasad, you page is very useful. I am planning to visit Subramanya from Bangalore by Car (Innova). As I have a adorable lab with me I am planning to reach Mysore, leave my dog in my in-laws and then go to Subramanya via Madikeri. I have been suggested to perform Guru Rahu Kethu Shanthi, Sarpa Samskara, Ashlesha Bali and Naga Prathisthe. I am not sure how many days will it take to perform all these pooja. Can you or any one help me out in this. I am planning to visit by mid week of September.


    September 2, 2008 at 10:14 am

  33. Dear Kiran,

    I think the program you are planning will require at least 3 days. In one of the comments above, you can find some contact numbers of the temple office. I suggest you contact them and fix up the pujas before you reach there.

    Regards, Hari


    September 2, 2008 at 10:18 am

  34. Dear Hari

    I would like to know if you could help me get the right ccontact person and his details for ” Naag Dosh ” Puja which could help me solve all my queries regarding the puja…
    If you have some details I would appreciate to take ur suggesstion regarding the puja for eg: how many days/what is required to bring.. etc….

    I would also like to know on how do I book for my Accomodation and which is the closest hotel near by the temple.


    September 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm

  35. Dear Hari

    I have found your blog and website while trying to search for the kukke temple. My wife and I want to visit the temple. We are currently in Pune.

    Want answers to the following questions. Pls help in answering them. Gratefull to you if you provide details

    1. From Pune ; is there a train that goes directly to a station of Kukke Temple

    2.If there is no direct train; we were planning to go to Bangalore. Do i take a KSRTS bus or a private car to go to the temple

    3. I am preferring a car so that we can enjoy the valley. Is it safe based on the road conditions and weather

    4. Need to perform Naga dosha puja; does it take 2 complete days to perform the same. I am planning to start friday night pune and return back sunday night back to pune. will there be much rush.

    4. Is there any advance booking for the Naga dosha pooja and if we have to do a regular visit; how much time does it take to get regular darshan or abhishekam.

    Pls reply soon as we want to plan the trip this month itself.

    Hari takella

    September 11, 2008 at 7:16 pm

  36. Namaskara,

    >>From Pune ; is there a train that goes directly to a station of Kukke Temple

    Honestly, I don’t know. My guess is that none of the trains follow this route.

    >>If there is no direct train; we were planning to go to Bangalore. Do i take a KSRTS bus or a private car to go to the temple

    Car journey is much more enjoyeable, except for the driver πŸ™‚ KSRTC buses are very efficient.

    >>I am preferring a car so that we can enjoy the valley. Is it safe based on the road conditions and weather

    As long as you travel during the day, safety is not an issue. The road is bumpy and the weather is increasingly getting better, I am told.

    >>Need to perform Naga dosha puja; does it take 2 complete days to perform the same. I am planning to start friday night pune and return back sunday night back to pune. will there be much rush.

    This I can confidently say is not possible. Even if you were based in Bangalore, this schedule looks tight. You need at least a couple of more days.

    >>Is there any advance booking for the Naga dosha pooja and if we have to do a regular visit; how much time does it take to get regular darshan or abhishekam

    I don’t advance booking is needed. Regular darshan will take a maximum of two hours (if there is heavy crowd).

    Hope that helps!
    Regards, Hari


    September 12, 2008 at 9:06 am

  37. Dear Hari,

    Its nice to know of your fantastic help to ppl around the country who wud wanna visit Subramanya. I am planning a visit to Kukke then to Dharmastala-Mangalore-Udpi-Kokke-Gokarna-Goa. ( From Chennai-Bangalore-Hassan- Kokke). A total of 8 days trip. My doubt is we are a family of 4. Looking at the conditions of the road cud u please guide me on which vehicle to take – my options are Skoda(Laura) or Innova. My 1st preference is Skoda, as I preffer driving it than the Innova on long trips and for sure is a safer and sturdier vehicle than Innova. But looking at the different blogs it has put me into confusion on which to take. Can u help me please…..and at the same time cud u tell me how the roads wud be during Oct 20th around. And how long does it take for darshan at Kokke ( Just a regular Darshan). Since I plan to leave From Hassan at the early hours(5 am) and reach Kokke by 7am ( may be 2 to 2and half hrs drive ?) and wud it be possible for us to leave Kokke by 8.30 and reach Dharmastala by 11.30 ?.


    September 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm

  38. Dear Anurag,

    Not only the road between Hassan and Kukke, but also the stretch between Kukke and Mangalore and Mangalore-Udupi is *very* badly damaged. Innova is a safer bet any day.

    The rains should have completely stopped by mid-Oct but the road should still be below average. The sceneries and atmosphere will more than make up for it, don’t worry πŸ™‚

    About the darshan time at Kukke, it is really impossible to predict. On a weekday, it should be over quickly. I still suggest keeping at least 2 hours at hand. BTW, Hassan to Kukke in 2 hours is impossible πŸ™‚ You need at least 3.5 hours. My guess is that you will miss Dharmasthala in the afternoon and will have wait till evening. You need to keep 24 hours for Kukke – Dharmasthala.

    Hope that helps.
    Regards, Hari


    September 13, 2008 at 6:24 pm

  39. Dear Hair, Thanx for the valuable advice, how long does it take approx from Kukke to Dharmastala and what are the temple timings at Dharmastala:) and How long does it take from Dharmastala to Mangalore


    September 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm

  40. eeks sorry for the spelling mistake ….Dear Hari


    September 15, 2008 at 1:07 pm

  41. Dear Anurag,

    Kukke – Dharmasthala and Dharmasthala – Mangalore are both roughly around 60kms.

    Not sure of the exact timings but I am sure 2PM – 6PM is a bad time to visit πŸ™‚

    Hope that helps.
    Regards, Hari


    September 15, 2008 at 1:26 pm

  42. dear hari,
    thanx for the vital info you have given on trip to kukke!!

    iam planning a trip to chickmaglur i.e Chickma-datta peetha-kemmannugundi- kalasa-horanadu-shringeri-kukke-dharmasthala-back to blore. we are travelling by our qualis. (4 days).
    will you pls suggest me the way!! i.e how can we p[roceed to visit all the above mentione dplaces.

    pls let me know the diatance between (approx) Kukke-shringeri


    September 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

  43. Dear Anil,

    I don’t know all that much about Chikmagaluru but the route you have mentioned looks good. All the places in Chimagalur should be within a 30-40km radius.

    From Shringeri, you should be able to get to Karkala and then to Dharmasthala (about 150-170kms, I guess). But, Udupi is also close by to Shringeri. Do think of including it in your itinerary.

    Kukke – Shringeri should be more than 200kms (again, am not sure).

    Regards, Hari


    September 17, 2008 at 1:36 pm

  44. Dear hari

    thanx for the quick reply and suggesting Udupi !!
    i didnt had that in my mind, thanx.

    i will definately update about our trip in ur blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    September 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  45. Hi HariPrasad

    Was going thru u blog, nice inputs. Again same question dont get annoyed. I am planning a trip to kukke on oct 2 weekend. could u pls let me know abt the road condition between sakleshpur -gundya(shiradi ghat) and gundya to kukke… alternately is trvlg via madikeri-sullya-kukke be a good option (road wise) and distance wise. Your earliest response is highly appreciated.


    September 19, 2008 at 10:27 am

  46. Dear Pradeep,

    I have someone coming back tomorrow from Mangalore. Will try and let you know the road condition by Monday.

    Regards, Hari


    September 19, 2008 at 10:44 am

  47. Dear Hari Prasad

    Thanx for the reply. will be wtg to hear from u by monday. BTW, i will be travelling by car(INDIGO). Heard there is also a detour route throu bisle ghat to kukke. any idea how the road condition there?


    September 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

  48. This site is very good. I wanted to visit subramanya tempe. My main intention is to perform the sarpasamskara & then nagara pratista. Whom to contact, & how many days we have to stay & other details i wanted to know.



    September 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm

  49. Dear Padmanabha,

    In one of the earlier comments, the telephone number of the temple office has been given. It would be best to check with them on these things.

    I think you would need to block at least 3 days in your calendar.

    Regards, Hari


    September 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  50. Thanx for the reply. will be wtg to hear from u by monday. BTW, i will be travelling by car(INDIGO). Heard there is also a detour route throu bisle ghat to kukke. any idea how the road condition there?


    September 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm

  51. Dear Pradeep,

    I believe the Shiradi ghats road is horrible now. The KSRTC volvo buses have stopped using it since last Thursday and are taking the Madikeri route, which is average overall but at least motorable.

    Regards, Hari


    September 23, 2008 at 9:19 am

  52. thnks for the reply , Hari. How is the bisle ghat route from donigal in sakleshpur. and do u mean to say, it is next to impossible to drive on shiradi ghats


    September 23, 2008 at 9:33 am

  53. Hi Pradeep,

    I do not know about the condition of the Bisle route.

    I heard horror stories about the Shiradi ghats road. They have laid thick concrete blocks at several places during the repair. I believe the asphalt at the joints (between the concrete stretch and regular road) has completely come off. These junctions are essentially craters more than 1-2 ft deep.

    I was told that the Volvo bus drivers had to stop at every such junction, “fill” the craters with large stones and then “climb” the road.

    I would strongly advise against this road.

    Regards, Hari


    September 23, 2008 at 9:41 am

  54. Hi Hari,
    I am planning to travel to Mangalore this weekend. I am confused of what route to take of the following :
    1. Via Hassan
    2. Via Mysore, Madikkeri ..

    Please suggest which is better or any other alternatives ..

    Thanks in Advance,


    September 30, 2008 at 10:53 am

  55. Dear Arun,

    Please see my previous comment on September 23rd.

    Regards, Hari


    September 30, 2008 at 11:16 am

  56. Hi Hari,
    We are from Bangalore and wish to visit (drive down) this temple next week or weekend of Deepavali. Though I searched on the web, I did not find any good stay place near by… I have two questions and it would be really great if you could help me with answers.

    – Are there any good places around Kukke so that we could stay there for two or three days. For darshan alone, it may not take more than a day right?
    – Any good suggestion in terms of stay? We (two families) are having toddlers and babies and hence would like to have a very comfortable stay…

    Thank you very much sir,

    Ajith Edassery

    October 3, 2008 at 11:33 am

  57. Dear Hari,

    I am heading from Hassan to Kukke with the current road conditions gud you guide me the best possible route.




    October 6, 2008 at 5:35 pm

  58. Dear Anurag,

    I heard last week that some “repairs” have been done on the Shiradi ghats road. If you have a sturdy vehicle, you could take this road.

    Regards, Hari


    October 7, 2008 at 11:25 am

  59. Thnx Hari,

    Yeah I have a Laura and a Innova….. its more a pleasure driving the Laura on long drives…hope it wud take the roads of Subramanya- Dharmastala- Mangalore- Udpi-Mookambika- Goa


    October 11, 2008 at 10:22 am

  60. Dear Hari,

    Thanks for the information about the tel. nos and the names of the guest houses. I had planned to go to Kukke by KSRTC, looks like the decision is good. You are doing a great public service.


    Raghavendra C G

    October 20, 2008 at 9:50 am

  61. Hi My Dear friend

    Thanks for u r blog, its realy worth to spend time.
    I have request to with you, i want to know Subramanya Swamy sloka which we can recite every day for specialy for Kuja dosha. (In Kannada) I have some slokas for Kuja dosha nivarana sloka, Rahu sloka, and Kethu Sloka get it from astrology.com link which i linked below but that is in Enlish, i cant read proparly. if u have it or if u knows abt this sloka will i get in kannada




    October 26, 2008 at 11:29 am

  62. Namaskara Sri Karthik,

    If you can get hold of a priest in a Subramanya temple and get upadesha of the Subramanya Moola Mantra (Om Namo Bhagavate Kamarupine…..) and chant it regularly in the morning, it will be best remedy for Kuja Dosha.

    On the other hand, there may be some Prasidda mantras for Subramanya. Let me check and get back.

    Regards, Hari


    October 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

  63. Hi Hari,

    Thank you for your great service..! My Mom, my brother & his family are now in Sri Kukke Subrahmanya. Yesterday they took Bangalore-Mysore-Madikeri-Sulya route and found it *horrible*. After Dharshan/Seva, they are planning to return to Bangalore tomorrow(05th Nov.08). Please advice me which is the better route as of now (via Shiradi ghats or Madikeri-Mysore-Bangalore ?)
    A quick feedback would be very much appreciated. Thank you once again.

    Best Regards,


    November 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  64. Namaskara Sridhar,

    I know the Madikeri-Mysore road is bad. Had driven on the same a month ago. But I have heard that Shiradi Ghats is even worse.

    I returned from Mangalore over the weekend and the Volvo buses did not dare take the Shiradi route!

    My vote would be for the Madikeri-Mysore route πŸ™‚

    Regards, Hari


    November 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

  65. Namaskara Hari avare,

    Thank you so much for your prompt response. On return from Kukke Subrahmanya to Bangalore today, my Brother & family took the Shiradi route because of the *horrible* experience they had via the Madikeri route during onward journey day before. By comparison they found Shirdi route far better (except for ~15 KM bad stretch at the ghats) compared to Madikeri route (which has become worse for around 50-70 KM stretch and overall longer too in distance).
    This latest status on routes may be of help to those who are planning their trip to Sri Kukke Subrahmanya in the near future.

    Thank you once again and keep up this great service.

    Best Regards,


    November 5, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  66. Namaskara Sridhar,

    Thanks for this valuable update. Others will benefit a lot!

    The ugly thing about the Shiradi Ghats stretch is that its motorability changes almost every month πŸ™‚

    Regards, Hari


    November 6, 2008 at 10:16 am

  67. Dear sridhar,
    i would like to visit subramania temple and do ashlesha bali seva on Sunday (9.11.2008) morning 6.30 AM Pooja. I am planning to start from Manipal to Subramanya and stay for 1 night. So, I would be very grateful if you could reserve a Temple room and ticket for pooja.reply immediately


    November 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

  68. Namaskara Marx,

    You will have to contact the temple authorities directly for this. The contact numbers are…

    The contact telehone no. of the Temple is : 08257-281224 and
    Bhattar Mane (Priest Home) : 0-9945618495

    Regards, Hari


    November 7, 2008 at 12:10 pm

  69. Namaskara Hari avare –

    Sorry if this questions is asked before!
    Could you pl let me know the temple timings of Kukke Subramanya temple. I plan to leave Blore @ 5.30am & come to Kukke around 1pm. Is it open throughout the day?



    November 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

  70. Hello All,

    I happened to contact one poojari about 1.5 months back and had booked for pujas on Nov 10 & 11, 2008. He had asked me to call & confirm the bookings 3 days before the puja dates. When I called him on Nov 7 to confirm the bookings, the man says that I booked pujas on Nov 13th & 14th. He dint even listen to my pleas and blindly kept disconnecting my call in the middle of the conversation.

    I have also booked the hotel rooms for which I have made an advance payment through a DD and also booked for transportation now. Can anyone email me & let me know if I could contact any person there to have the pujas as scheduled? I have called the above given temple number and they dint seem of any help to me.

    I also happened to hear about one, Mr. Venkat Raju who could help me out there but I do not have his contact information. Could you guys please help me out with this?

    My email address: vinayghdke@gmail.com
    Cell Number: 9611150094

    Thanks in advance. Any information would be highly appreciated.



    November 8, 2008 at 10:46 am

  71. Hi,

    I got the required information..I called a person there and he took care of it for us..thanks…more on my blog shortly…



    Vinay Ghodke

    November 12, 2008 at 9:40 am

  72. Hi Hari

    I like to know whether the Roads are good from Shakaleshpur to Dharmastala and by returm to Kokke Subramanya Temple.
    Kindly update.



    November 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

  73. Namaskara Sri Vasanth,

    Please read comment #65 posted on November 5th. That’s the latest we know.

    Regards, Hari


    November 13, 2008 at 1:55 pm

  74. Vasanth,

    More on my blog..




    November 13, 2008 at 5:32 pm

  75. Thanks a lot for the information provided, very helpful & nice of you.
    Me & family are planning to reach Kukke early AM (by train from Bangalore) on Dec 31st, complete darshan/pooja and then proceed to Dharmasthala. Is it practical to plan to reach Mangalore the same night? Also, does the travel from Kukke-Dharmasthala-Mangalore involve ghat roads & how’s the ride? i have toddlers 5 & 2 yrs travelling with me.
    Thank you, satish


    December 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm

  76. Namaskara Satish,

    It should be comfortable reaching Dharmasthala same day. In fact, if you finish lunch at Kukke, you can plan reaching Dharmasthala by evening so you can have darshan there also (7PM onwards).

    The distance between Kukke and Dharmasthala is around 60kms and does not involve ghats. The ride should be ok. Same with road to Mangalore from Dharmasthala but road condition could be below average.

    Hope that helps.
    Regards, Hari


    December 2, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  77. Dear Sri Hariprasad,

    I am planning to come to Mangalore from Chennai on the 5th of January 2009. I would like to visit Kollur (Moogambiga temple), Dharmasthala, Subramanya and Udupi. Will one day be enough to cover these places or we will need more time? Can you suggest how should I go to these places from Mangalore. Will hiring a taxi help in reaching the places on time. I am planning for return journey by West Coast Express to Chennai on the 7th (if one day is not enough to cover all the four places. Please reply to me to my mail ID.

    Thanks in advance and hats off to you for the excellent service you are doing to everyone.

    Best Regards

    S. Srinivasan

    December 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  78. Namaskara Srinivasan,

    You need at least 3 half days for covering the four places you mention. Two days would be more comfortable. Udupi – Kollur is one segment. Dharmasthala – Kukke is another. Udupi is 60km from Mangalore northwards. Kollur is around 30km from Udupi further north. Dharmasthala is 80km from Mangalore towards east. Kukke is 60km from Dharmasthala.

    From Mangalore, I suggest you use the local bus service to Udupi and Kollur. They are excellent.

    Even for Dharmasthala and Kukke, you can use local buses but hiring a taxi is also good if comfort is a concern.

    Hope that helps.
    Regards, Hari


    December 4, 2008 at 3:25 pm

  79. Dear Friends,

    We are newlly married couple from bangalore and we need to perform sarpa dosa pooja.

    Can any of you help me with the contact person or details through which I can book and plan the pooja.

    you earlier response to rami@indegene.com will be helpfull to me and will be waiting for the resopnse.

    my email Id is rami@indegene.com and ramisurya@yahoo.co.in



    December 4, 2008 at 11:56 pm

  80. The best way i think is to stay in Sakleshpur. Leave bangalore at 3 PM, reach Sakleshpur at 8 PM, stay there. Early morning 6 AM would be a great drive to Kukke Subramanya – 52 kms from Sakleshpur and you will be fresh in the morning when you reach Kukke.


    December 5, 2008 at 12:38 am

  81. Hari,

    Temple telephone numbers are:


    Hotel Mayura Lodge:


    All the best!



    December 5, 2008 at 12:42 am

  82. Hello,
    Is the Mayura Lodge decent? Are there any other hotels to stay in Kukke.
    Is tte December month ok to visit kukke?
    Will it be cold there?

    Swarnalatha Guruprasad

    December 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

    • Hello,

      I am not aware of how good Mayura Lodge is. The guest houses are the most convenient places to stay in Kukke, AFAIK.

      December is a good month to visit and I don’t think weather is an issue right now.

      Regards, Hari


      December 11, 2008 at 11:13 am

  83. Hi Hari,

    Would you please be kind enough to let me know the present status of Sakaleshpur-Gundya-Subramnaya road. I am driving for the past 6 months only. Is the road good and can i drive here. I have already been to Sringeri & Hornadu on my own.

    Please advice.



    December 12, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    • Namaskara Sanjay,

      The last I heard about this road was that it was a decent one, save a 15km stretch in between Sakleshpura to Gundya. If you have a vehicle with a decent ground clearance, it should not be a problem.

      Regards, Hari


      December 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

  84. Hi Hari,

    Planning a trip from Blore to Kukke-Sringeri-Agumbe-Horanadu-Shimoga( cover places in n arnd Shimoga) and back to Blore .
    In my last trip to Mangalore, we went to Dharmasthala but cudnt visit Kukke. now thought of visiting this place if it falls in the same route as Sringeri etc..

    Question is, nt able to find the approx distance between Kukke & Sringeri..whether there is a direct bus or any bus service between these places?

    Shud we go to Kukke first or how to plan this trip..

    any suggestions wud come handy..



    December 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm

  85. Dear Hari,

    I am planning to go to Kukke on 25th of December from Bangalore as you suggested,i should take Bangalore to Sakleshpura to Gundya to Kukke route.
    I am planning to travel by Santro with my family? is it safe?
    also when shouldl i start from bangalore?

    With Best Regards,


    December 15, 2008 at 11:26 am

    • Namaskara Deepak,

      I am not sure about the trucks part. I think you should start as early as possible in the morning. You can get out of Nelamangala before Bangalore traffic picks up πŸ™‚

      Regards, Hari


      December 15, 2008 at 1:21 pm

  86. Dear Hari,

    Also want to know the time when there will be less trucks on road mainly from Sakleshpura to Gundya to Kukke route.

    With Best Regards,


    December 15, 2008 at 11:45 am

  87. Dear Hari,

    Thank you for the information.
    How is the train option? if i go by mangalore express and get down at station SUBRAHMANYA ROA,can i get any transport from there to the temple? Do you suggest train,bus or car?

    With Best Regards,


    December 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  88. Hi Hari,

    Can u reply on the query i posted on 14th Dec pls?

    Thanks a ton,


    December 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    • Namaskara Priya,

      I am not sure of the exact distance between Sringeri and Kukke but I think you can reach Dharmasthala from Sringeri and then reach Kukke. I think you need a minimum of 5 hours at hand for this journey.

      You need not really worry about the bus service. Tulu Nadu is really very well connected. I am sure you will find buses from Sringeri to Dharmasthala (maybe even directly to Kukke) quite frequently.

      Regards, Hari


      December 16, 2008 at 7:56 am

  89. thanks so much Hari avare… lemme see how well i can plan this trip.


    December 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm

  90. hi,
    this site is really useful to first time travellers.
    just needed to know….from pune, the distance to kukke is approx 750 kms…the route to follow apparently is pune-goa and then goa-mangalore(nh 17) to kukke.
    is it a good idea to directly go to kukke and stay there if we don’t really want to do mangalore? is that possible as regards the quality of accomodation available at kukke?
    i read a few blogs of ppl who started very early in the morning around 4am, and did the journey pune-mangalore in one day, reaching mangalore by 7pm…do u think this is possible ?
    otherwise we will unnececssarily have to stay the night somewhere midway and lose precious time…we have to return in 3 days bk to pune and are only going for darshan, not to perform any puja or anything.


    December 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

    • Hi,

      Kukke has above average accommodation available in guest houses. The numbers are available in the comments above. I suggest you call them in advance to ensure accommodation is available. Since you have limited time at hand, staying at Kukke is the better thing to do.

      Regarding covering the distance in one day, I think it depends on the quality of the vehicle and driving. The road though is mostly in very good condition.

      Regards, Hari


      December 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm

  91. hi again,

    also wanted some details…

    1) when we arrive from pune , do we HAVE to cross mangalore to go to kukke or is there a diversion we can take?

    2) what’s the distance like, between nh17 and mangalore incase we have to cross it?

    3) what is the road route we take from mangalore…can anyone guide me about the places we’ll pass en route from mangalore to kukke.

    thnx again.


    December 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    • Hi,

      1) You can take a deviation once you cross Udupi. You can take the Karkala road, reach Dharmasthala and from there reach Kukke. You can avoid going through Mangalore City.
      2) I am not sure what you meant by distance between NH17 and Mangalore.
      3) Take the Bangalore highway from Mangalore – you will need to cross Uppinangadi, Nelyadi, Mani and get into the Shiradi Ghats. Take a right turn at Gundya junction (about 80kms from Mangalore) and travel a further 20kms to reach Kukke.

      Regards, Hari


      December 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

  92. Pl let me know kannad version of Laxminrayan Hry\udya & Naryana Suktham


    December 23, 2008 at 11:19 am

  93. Dear Sri hari

    after a long wait i found your site for kannada version of Sholaka & mantras

    I will be very much appreciated if you can find me kannad version of Narayan Hrudya & Narayana Sukta



    December 23, 2008 at 11:21 am

  94. Hey thank u so much for all the information.. i am sure it will help me a lot..


    December 24, 2008 at 11:49 am

  95. I want to know the number of kokke subramaniya temple phone number please


    December 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    • Namaskara,

      Kindly read the comments above. The number of the temple office and the guest houses have been mentioned by other readers.

      Thanks, Hari


      December 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm

  96. sir,
    as i need a accomadation on 29th december in morning and i want to do a seva navagrahashanthi is any availability is there contact 9448182561



    December 26, 2008 at 9:33 am

  97. hi
    as my co-brother is also joining and also he wants to do tulabara for her daughter please tell regarding this seva also



    December 26, 2008 at 9:38 am

  98. The place looks too good. Its very nostalgic


    December 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm

  99. Hi, can somebody tell me how is the road conditions to kukke-subramanya-temple, I plan to drive down from Bangalore. Is it advisable to do that or any better alternatives ? What are the Darshan Timings ?


    January 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

  100. Dear Hari,


    What a wonderful blog! I have been researching for quite sometime regarding one aspect of naagaaraadhane – the elaborate naaga mandala. All that the internet can tell me is that it is an expensive affair. I dont know if this is in the 1lakh range or in 10-15 lakh range. Would you perhaps know this ballpark figure? I just want to do my part in keeping the traditions of tulunadu alive. If possible, please email this information to me.

    srIlakShmInArAyaNaha suprasannAha varadAha bhavaMtu.


    January 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    • Namaskara Sri Jay,

      I think the cost depends upon the scale you want to perform this. But, at a minimum, my guess would be that it would cost at least 5 lakhs.

      Regards, Hari


      January 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

  101. Mr. Hari,

    We plan to reach Kukke Subramanya on 19th morning by Mangalore express. ( we are commencing our journey in Hyderabad),. We intend to Perform abhishekham in the morning and bandi vutsavam in the evening. Then catch again in the evening by 9 o clock the train to Bangalore.
    Could you write few words on this (whether both the sevas can be done on the same day and will be over before 8 PM.)


    January 10, 2009 at 11:11 pm

  102. Can someone please send me the address of the Kukke Subramanya Temple. I’ve been asked to send a DD for the pooja and I do not have the address.


    January 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

  103. Hi,

    I had been to Kukke recently (15days back). Train journey is the best, it starts at 6.30 PM from Yeshwantpur, (Bangalore)….8.30 pm he reaches Blore railway station….stops at Mysore 1/2 hour….Sakleshpur 1/2 hour….reaches Kukke at 6.30 AM.

    i heard roads from Sakleshpur to Gundya is very bad with lot of traffic jams (even during night)….so it is a bad idea to drive.

    alternative route via chickmaglur is available (if road is the only way out)

    this is a very good blog….i wonder how Hari has so much of info….great!



    January 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    • Namaskara Nagendra,

      Thanks very much for this useful update.

      Regards, Hari


      January 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  104. Hari,

    I took a print of VAYUSTUTI from your blog. it is very useful. Just wanted to thank you!



    January 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

  105. namaskara,
    what are the timings of the temple and for pujas do we have to wear white? does anybody have an idea how nandi shradha is performed and what the cost involved is? how long do the pujas last?



    January 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  106. We are from Coimbatore. We got married in January 1992 and since then we didn’t have a child. We had been asked to perform the sarpa samskara and other related pooja in Subramanya, so we did the same in the year 2002 and by the grace of God, we became the parents of a lovely girl child on 1.1.2005. Now she is 4 years old and we have been planning to go to subramanya with the child. We have to make it soon with the blessings of God !

    Sasikala Viswanathan

    January 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    • Namaskara Sasikala,

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful incident. You certainly have the blessings of Lord Subramanya!

      Regards, Hari


      January 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm

  107. Nice info. Kindly let me know some travel options available. I have heard that the road from Kukke to Mangalore is bad with lot of pot holes. I am planning a trip to kukke very shortly and want to take my family along. My wife is carrying, and hence looking out for more comfortable travel options from kukke to udupi.

    Kindly suggest.


    January 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    • Namaskara Mohan,

      I recently traveled by the Mysore route. You can take Bangalore – Mysore – Madikeri – Sampaje – Sullia route. From Sullia, you get a deviation for Subramanya. This last stretch may be a little bad but is still far better than Shiradi Ghats.

      Regards, Hari


      January 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  108. We are planning to do Sarpasamskara pooja. Are we required to stay for two days at Kukke. We will be travelling from Bangalore by train and will we able to attend the puja on same day morning of arrival.


    January 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

    • Namaskara Naveen,

      Yes, you will be required to stay at least for 2 days if you are doing Sarpa Samskara.

      Regards, Hari


      January 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm

  109. Hello,
    Whats your openion about going Subramanya via mysore-madikeri-sullya in a private vehicle from B.lore?
    What is the app. distance from bangalore in this route?


    January 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

  110. Hi Hari,

    The information is very useful. I will be travelling this weekend to Dharmastala and Kukke and other places. However I need to know if from Shakleshpura I should take the same road to Dharmastala [Gundya Junction] or it is a different route.

    Also I am planning to drive to Kateel Durga temple, Udupi, Kollur and if possible to Horanadu Annapoorneswari temple (not sure if i will be able to cover all in 2 days).

    It will be helpfull if you can provide more info for me on this.



    February 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

  111. Hi Hari
    PLEASE DO THE NEEDFULL, iwould like to visit kukke subrmanya soon i would like to know about sarpadosha puja tkts available . and how do i book. i would like to know that arrangement of stay.


    February 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    • Namaskara Ramprasad,

      I have no affiliation to the temple in any official manner. I do not know what you mean by “PLEASE DO THE NEEDFULL”. Kindly read the article and comments. If it turns out to be of any use to you, I will be really happy.

      Regards, Hari


      February 6, 2009 at 9:16 am

  112. Sir, could u get me the contact number of the temple preist….? Cos wen v contact the temple numbers, dey r not able to give the correct details about the pooja.. So wat is it dat v shd do to get the details about the pooja sir? V jus want to confirm the dates for the pooja..

    Kindly help us soon.. πŸ™‚


    February 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    • Namaskara Sindy,

      I think the temple priest number is there in one of the comments in this article.

      Regards, Hari


      February 6, 2009 at 9:15 am

  113. Hi,

    Can anybody provide me details about Sarpasamkara pooja in Kukke, how many days should one stay there for, the charges, when should I book for the pooja and other formalities.

    I think one Brahman poojari is required for this pooja. Can somebody provide me the phone # of Venkata raju of temple?

    Immediate reply will be highly appreciated.



    February 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

  114. Hi,

    Can anybody provide me details about Sarpasamkara pooja in Kukke, how many days should one stay there for, the charges, when should I book for the pooja and other formalities.

    I think one Brahman poojari is required for this pooja. Can somebody provide me the phone # of Venkata raju of temple?

    Immediate reply will be highly appreciated.



    February 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

  115. hi,

    i wanna to do sarpa dosha pooja, just tell me how do i book tickets for it as early as possible.


    March 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

  116. I was browsing through the internet for the details on how to reach Kukke Subramanya and how to perform the Sarpa Samskara Pooja. Luckily I found this website and got all the details regarding it.

    Thanks a lot to all of you.


    March 6, 2009 at 4:55 am

  117. Kudos to Hari for the way he is patiently answering all the queries.
    I wish him all the best πŸ™‚


    March 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

  118. Should I book for sapa dosha pooja in advance.Anyone guide me.Pls.I am from chennai.


    March 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm

  119. I want to visit the temple. Pls give me the route and distance from chennai to the temple.Also tell me the travelling hours.I need the reply ASAP.Thank u.


    March 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    • Namaskara Mini,

      Route would be Chennai – Bangalore – Mysore – Madikeri – Kukke. Distance would be 700kms approx. More details are in the article and the numerous comments.

      Regards, Hari


      March 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm

  120. Dear all

    It is nice that you have answered so many questions. I am planning for a tour of Kukke and Dharmsatala and sringeri in the month of April mid. I intend to by my car M800.

    Is it the right decision? How is road conditions? Is it safe to drive on these roads this season?

    pls let me know.

    thank you,


    March 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

  121. Namaskara Hari,

    I am planning for a tour of Kukke and Dharmsatala and sringeri in the month of April mid. I intend to by my car M800.

    Is it the right decision? How is road conditions? Is it safe to drive on these roads this season?

    Kindly answer.


    shivagange suresha


    March 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    • Namaskara Suresh,

      Honestly, I have not used the Sakleshpura road of late. But the Mysore – Madikeri – Sullya – Kukke road is in good condition. I suggest you take that road.

      As long as you are driving during day time, it should be safe.

      Regards, Hari


      March 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm

  122. Namaskara Hari,

    Thanks a lot. You give lot of info.

    All the best


    shivagange suresha


    March 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  123. We made a trip to Kukke Subrahmanya last weekend via Blr – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Hasan – Sakleshpura – Gundya – Subrahmanya.

    Nelamangala to Kunigal — road construction slows the speed, but road condition is good

    About 10-15 kms after Sakleshpura, the road condition gets really bad, until you make a left at Gundya. Note that if it’s not an SUV, the car will most likely get hit by the road below, while you are maneuvering the car over deep potholes.

    There were times when I stopped, analyzed and then drove slowly in what I thought was the best part of the road! We travelled during the day. Driving at night can be really risky. With rain day/night travel can get even more risky as you just can’t gauge the depth of some of these pot holes.

    At Subrahmanya, it was very hot during the day and there were hail storms in the evening (after 6:30pm).

    If you are driving during the day with no rain, it’s not that bad .. except it gets really slow. I think I took almost an hour to complete the ~ 25kms of bad roads.



    April 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

  124. hello people can u plz tel me the road route to this temple frm mglore.i wil b driving frm mglore or udupi.


    April 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  125. hello, i am srinivas n plannin 2 go to this temple by the end of this month. can u plz tel me the road route frm mglore or udupi. i wil b driving..


    April 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

  126. Hello all,
    Excellent info from Hari and some of the comments here!
    I’m planning a trip to Kukke from Bangalore starting early morning at around 6am, the route seems very clear from this blog.
    The only questions I had were:
    1. About veg restaurants on the way, which ones are ideal for breakfast and lunch?
    2. Mobile signal, are there long stretches with no coverage?
    Appreciate if anybody can help me with this.


    April 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  127. You can find good veg food in Hassan, which is sort of mid-way. If you leave Blr by 6am, you should be in Hassan by 8 or 8:30am.

    I think we got signal in most places .. except when you enter the ghats.

    – Sandhya


    April 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

  128. Hi Hari,

    Need your support. I am planning to travel to Kukke with Family from Bangalore. Let me know if I can travel from to BLR to Kukke in Train and if yes, would you have the train details…more so, the expected arrival time at Kukke.


    Prashobh C

    May 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

    • Namaskara Prashobh,

      The train from Bangalore to Mangalore stops at Kukke. I do not have exact details but it leaves Bangalore around 7-8PM and reaches Kukke early in the morning. It should be ideal for a one-day trip to Kukke.

      Regards, Hari


      May 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

  129. Hi,
    Thanks very much for helping many people.i am intersted to visit kukki subramanyam temple from hyderabad.pl suggest me which route is best to reach kukki? how many days i required to cover all these places (to see udupi,dharmashtala,and other)
    thanks ,



    June 7, 2009 at 7:21 pm

  130. hi,

    plz, give the travel details what is the best way to reach Kukke Subranyeshwara from Hyderabad (Train or Bus.



    July 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    • Namaskara Sri Vasu,

      I would say that the route has to be through Bangalore.

      Hyderabad – Bangalore – Hassan – Sakleshpura – Gundya junction – Kukke is one possible route.

      Hyderabad – Bangalore – Mysore – Madikeri – Sullia – Kukke is another route.

      Regards, Hari


      July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

  131. Hi ..

    I stay in bangalore and m planning to visit Kukke Subramanya Temple by d end of this month. Can anyone help me to know the total expenses in the complete puja archana. And do i need to stay there for i reach or i can complete total ceremony in one day.

    Thank you ;



    July 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    • Namaskara Soumita,

      If you are not planning any special Sevas there, the expenses (apart from travel, food and accomodation) would be negligible. BTW, food is available for free at the temple. Accomodation at the guest houses also charge very nominal rates.

      How long you need to stay at the place depends upon what ceremonies you are planning to get done. If Sarpa Samskara is being done, you may need to stay there for up to 3 days.

      Regards, Hari


      July 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  132. Pls see


    for more information on Kukke Subramanya


    has info on Trains to Kukke Subramanya


    September 29, 2009 at 3:49 am

  133. Details of Ashlesha Bali Pooja are given in


    and details of Sarpa Samskara Pooja are given in


    For full list of Sevas and Poojas you can visit



    September 29, 2009 at 3:52 am

  134. Dear Friend,

    Our family is planning a visit to Sri Kukke Subrahmanya for 2 days starting from Bangalore on 23rd Oct.2009 morning. If anybody has travelled to Sri Kukke in October 2009, please let me know the latest road condition on NH48 from “Sakleshpura until Gundya junction”. Thank you very much.

    Best Regards,
    Sridhara Kikkeri

    Sridhara Kikkeri

    October 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm

  135. For the past one year I have asked many about this temple.
    I got bits of information. After going through the site,
    I thank every one who have contributed to this great temple.

    I plan to visit to Udupi by Matsyagandha Exp. from Mumabi, and then proceed to Kukke Subrahmanyam Temple, by what
    ever conveyance possible. Udupi half a day, Kukke Subrahmanyawara Temple a day, and return to Mumbai on the third day. Can any one suggest the route, mode of conveyance preferred, timings, etc., Is it possible to conver Sringeri enroute or in return.
    Mastya Gandha Express reaches Udupi 5.00 AM
    Krishna Temple Darshan will be over by 9.00 A.M.

    Plan Proposed: Udupi-Kukke-Back-Udupi-Mumbai.

    I would be grateful to you any one could provide some

    Yours sincerely,



    November 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm

  136. Dear Mr Hari

    We plan to go to Subramanya today night and return tomoorrow evening by train.We would like to have a decent accomodation for a day tomorrow to take bath relax etc.Please piu me on to somebody there.It is only for day time.



    November 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

  137. Hi,

    I Came on 29-11-2009 to Kukke subramanya, Can anybody provide me details about Aslesha bali pooja in Kukke, how many days should one stay there for, the charges, when should I book for the pooja and other formalities.
    It was urgent plz Immediate reply will be highly appreciated.



    November 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

  138. Hi,

    Planning to do a trip staring day after for about 4 days and have a doubt in the last leg of travel, could some help me out with a quick reply.

    Dharmasthala to KukkeΒ  60kms 2hrs
    Kukke to Bisle Ghat (Donigal) 90kms 3hrs
    Bisle Ghat (Donigal) to Saklespur 60kms 3hrs
    Saklespur to Bangalore 225kms 5hrs

    Anticipating an early reply.



    December 21, 2009 at 9:24 am

  139. Need to know the status of Sankleshpur to Subhramanya (via Gundya – shiradhi ghat). Planning to drive in Swift.


    December 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

    • I also planned to take this route for my travel which I did last week. Heard from most of the forum that route is horrible, even then I was to give it a try. When was Kollur and was clarifying on the route with a couple of Cab Driver, they said if I had a SUV i can attempt even then it i horrible, when i said i had Honda City he smiled and said I shall have to leave my car there and travel back by some other mode of transport to Bangalore. It is a Horrible stretch.


      December 28, 2009 at 2:02 pm

  140. can you pleaseprovide me the details for sarpa samskara & ashelsha bali is there any geting into it by 4th Monday 2010


    December 23, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    • If you mean 4th monda of January.. i dont think thats possible.. as you have to write a letter to the temple telling them that you want to perform the pooja, after which they will write back to you with the details regarding the date and how much you have to pay for the pooja etc. Sometimes there is a three-month long wait… I wrote to them in December and got a date only for April.. last year.


      December 24, 2009 at 10:55 am

    • See if this website is of any use !!!!


      December 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm

  141. Hi Hari,
    I am planning to visit Kukke temple (Kukke-Dharmasthala-Udupi-Mookambika) on 14-Jan -10;
    going by hundai i10 from Bangalore.

    Please let me know which route is the best.
    How is the road condition now?

    Please reply back to lalunair@yahoo.com also

    Hyderabad – Bangalore – Hassan – Sakleshpura – Gundya junction – Kukke

    Hyderabad – Bangalore – Mysore – Madikeri – Sullia – Kukke
    Thanks for your help


    January 2, 2010 at 12:49 am

    • Hello Lalu,
      Did you visit Kukke?how was the road condition?Has it improved.


      July 27, 2010 at 3:54 am

  142. πŸ™‚ , landed on your blog looking for..surprise surprise details to go to Subramanya πŸ™‚
    Gaade chennagide .. . hoovina jothe naaru..!


    February 1, 2010 at 9:59 am

  143. Hello Sir,

    Your reply to the query are really a good guide for new visitors.

    I am srikrishnan. I am from Chennai and planning to visit Subramanya, Dharmasthala, annapoorni temple and udipi krishna temple.
    Kindly let me know if i can visit all these temple in two days and also at what timings would the temple be closed and what order of visiting the temple would be time saving.



    April 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

  144. Hello Lalu,
    Did you visit Kukke?how was the road condition?Has it improved. What would be the best route to adopt?Please inform.


    July 27, 2010 at 3:55 am

  145. My Favourate place is kukke subramanya , thank for you message , which helped us lot thankue very much

    Ramya MN

    September 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  146. Hi, Hariprasad

    First of all Thank you for the valuable information provided on your blog

    I and my wife plan to go to Kukke in 1st week and Request your guidance how to go from Shimoga to Kukke…

    we then Plan to go to Dharmasthala-Udupi-Gokarn and Return back to Mumbai

    Kindly suggest the best route either by Train or by Road as I can make the booking accordingly (I could see there is Train from Shimoga to Hassan.. but How do I travel from Hassan to Kukke? / Also I think the Train Journey would take long time)

    Thank you in advance.


    October 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

  147. Dear Hari,
    I am planning to visit to Dharmastala, Kukke, Horanadu by taxi, it would be a 2 days trip, this Friday & Saturday .
    Can you suggest me the route, how much kms total it would come upto, and any other good places in the route.

    Others: Pls suggest…



    October 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    • Hi sudheer,

      I am planning to go to dharmastala and kukke sometime in Dec. Can you pls suggest through which travels you went. and how much it came to

      Many Thanks


      November 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  148. Me and my husband are going to perform the sarpa dosha puja at the temple for 3 days next week we are non veg but the last 2 weeks we have been on veg only. Kindly advise if after the puja also we should be veg if yes for how long.

    Appreciate your response

    Payal Lal

    November 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  149. I M planning to visit kukkesubramanya temple for sarpa samskar puja Please give me phone no of priests and accommodations so that i can book in advance. And also about fees details i am requesting hari or any one to reply


    March 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  150. I plan to start on 10th april early morning from Bangalore to Kukke subramonia temple.On the way we plan to drop by Shravana Belagola. After darshan we plan to stay overnight at Kukke and then proceed to Dharmasthala next morning.After darshan and lunch plan to proceed to udupi.Stay overnight at udupi and visit the Krishna temple before proceeding to Kollur Mookambika temple and proceed to Sringeri.After visiting shankara mutt and sharada temple stay over for the night there. Proceed to Horanadu Annapurneshwari temple and return to Bangalore the next day. I plan to drive my Alto.Is this plan viable and will we need to book accommodation in advance.


    April 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  151. I am coming from Singapore to India to perform the Naga Pratishta and Sarpasmskara Pooja on 9th, 10th & 11th (3days). When i called 2 weeks back they said you can come directly one day in advance and pay the cash in counter.

    When i called today, they said they don’t have dates and only available date is in June.

    Can some one help in getting the appointment for these dates as i planned all the tickets, car, hotel in multiple places and also made reservation for my parents who are 70+.

    Appreciate if some one can help me in this regard..or if some outside priests can perform this pooja please provide me the details and contact numbers.

    Thanks in advance.


    April 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  152. I am coming from Singapore to India to perform the Naga Pratishta and Sarpasmskara Pooja on 9th, 10th & 11th of May 2011(3days). When i called 2 weeks back they said you can come directly one day in advance and pay the cash in counter.

    When i called today, they said they don’t have dates and only available date is in June.

    Can some one help in getting the appointment for these dates as i planned all the tickets, car, hotel in multiple places and also made reservation for my parents who are 70+.

    Appreciate if some one can help me in this regard..or if some outside priests can perform this pooja please provide me the details and contact numbers.

    Thanks in advance.


    April 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  153. Dear All,

    I am working in Singapore and coming to India to perform Nagapratishta and Sapasamskara Pooja on 9th, 10th and 11th May 2011. When i called 2 weeks back they said the dates are available and i can pay the amount by cash and i have to be there on 8th night.

    When i called them today they said they didn’t register my name as i haven’t send the DD and also dates are not available till June 2011.

    I made arrangement for all tickets, car, hotel and travel arrangements for my aged parents (70+).

    Can some one help me in this regard to get the appointment or suggest alternate way for this (some one who can perform this pooja for us on these days, i mean outside priest if it is allowed).

    Thanks in advance.




    April 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    • Namaskara,

      I have sent you a private email. Please check.



      April 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      • Hello,

        Please let me know the details too.



        June 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  154. Hello,

    We been insisted to do SARPA SAMSKARA & NAGA PRATISHTAPANA pooja long back. Now we are planning to perform ASAP. Can any one help us in getting proper information on the same. I tried talking to temple people for the same, but no proper guidance. Can any one help us getting contact details of some one performing this pooja other than temple in temple, I mean outside priest.

    I’ve heard many local priest available to help us completing these pooja, but we don’t have proper information, it would be great help if, any one point us to right contact number.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Best Regards,
    Rachana K

    Rachana Pradeep

    August 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    • Dear Rachana,

      You can drop an email to my email which is holla.smitha@gmail.com for further details on your query.




      September 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    • Hi,

      It is done in the temple and only by temple priests. Outside priests are not allowed.
      read this: http://www.kukke.org/guidelines.html

      Believe me if you are going to any person other than temple Office/Authorities, you will get cheated. Don’t ever think of that.

      for more details try official site

      Official Site: http://www.kukke.org/



      October 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  155. Dear Hari,

    I am planning to visit the temple in last week of October, would be really helpful if you can give some of the lodge and hotel telephone numbers.

    Awaiting your early reply.


    September 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  156. Hi,

    I’m planning to visit Kukke Subramanya temple in second / third week of Nov. 2011 but I’ve read that the Sarpa Samskara puja is not done on Ekadasis, other festival days and during the annual festival. Does the Karthika Bahula amavasya (and the related festivities) fall in second / third week of Nov. by any chance?
    Also, are there any particular auspicious days in Nov. to get the puja done (Shashti after Amavasya or any other such special days)?

    I would be very grateful if somebody can respond at the earliest so that I can make the arrangements accordingly.

    Kind Regards,



    October 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

  157. Dear sir,

    my self and my wife and 5years son and 1 year son coming to kukki subrimanyam on 19th morning 5am so we need accoumdation arrangement.

    We have 1 year son so please make accomdation near to temple it help full

    Thanking you
    Sreenath Rajalbandi
    9343 444 777

    Sreenath Rajalbandi

    November 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

  158. Dear Hari,

    what wuld be the best way to know about the accomodations at Kukke. Once i had been ther to find most of the hotels were booked.
    I presume some of the accomodations are taken care by the temple management.
    could you pz provide insight on this?


    November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    • Hi Girish,

      I had been to kukke subramanya during march month this year.
      You can details about pooja booking, accommodation on on temple’s official web site
      http://www.kukke.org/ or http://www.kukketemple.com.
      Anugraha Hotel is near to temple it is walkable distance to temple.
      Any further queries pl mail to shankarks711@gmail.com
      I will share about my experience.



      November 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  159. The road through Shiradi ghats and through Charmadi ghats are both horrible. And I can’t see them being repaired any time soon. Traveling on one’s own vehicle could be a nightmare – i agree with this. its still in the same condition and no one is bothered ( government ) on 16/12/2011 we were coming back from mangalore. we saw two people fell from bike and girl had deep head injury , bleeding and unconscious and there is no helpline. we cant call ambulance because there is no network of any mobile services. at least they should keep some one stand by ambulance some where in between the ghat section.


    December 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

  160. The Train is better than Bus provided having the reservation from Bangalore to Subrahmaya Road. Its 1 night journey. Schedule of Dep. B’lore City Stn at 20:55 PM & arrival at Subrahmany Road Rly Stn at 05.30 AM . Station to Kukke Subhamanya Temple 12 Km – lots of Auto / Share Jeeps & 2 Nos Bus available. Lots of Lodge near the Temple. Better book before you arrival
    – Moti Chand Das/B’lore .


    June 30, 2012 at 12:20 am

  161. Hi Hari,

    This is Chandrashekar. I am from Andhra Pradesh. We’ll reach Kukke Subrahmanya on Aug12th (Sunday) early morning @ 5 30. We are around 12 people including some elders around 70 yrs. We are planning just for a darshan in Kukke temple and start to Dharmasthala by afternoon around 1 PM on the same day.

    Just wanted to know about the rush on sunday and accomodation facility for half a day. Will there be any special darshan tickets for a sooner darshan.

    Thanks & Regards


    July 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

  162. hello sir, are there any trains from dharwad to kukke subramanya?


    December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  163. are there any trains from dharwad to kukke?


    December 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

  164. thanks for the information. it was very useful. thanks a lot. prasad. mysore.


    December 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

  165. hi sir,
    we had tried to book on 8th april for sarpasamskara pooja through online it had already booked. Is their any alterative to attend on 8th april.


    March 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm

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