The Kukke Subramanya Temple is located in Karnataka on the western slopes of the Western Ghats covered with dense evergreen forests. Two mountains Kumara Parvatha and Shesha Parvatha are the perfect backdrops for the temple. Shesha Parvatha looks like a cobra with its open hood, as it is protecting the temple shrine of Lord Subramanya. This temple with its abundance beauty lies at the Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada with a sanctity which very few places can boast of. According to the history, Lord Shanmukha after taking over the demons Tharaka, Shurapadmasura and their followers returned to Kumara Parvatha with his brother Ganesha and were received by Indra and his followers. Indra being very happy prayed Lord Kumara Swamy to accept and marry his daughter Devasena for which the Lord readily agreed. The divine marriage took place on Margashira shudha shashti at Kumara Parvatha. Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra and many other deities attended the ceremony of Shanmukha for which waters of several holy rivers were brought. To avoid the attack of Garuda the Serpent king Vasuki a great Shiva Bhakta has performed tapas for years in the Biladwara caves of Kukke Subrahmanya. Shanmuka gave darshan and blessed Vasuki that he would stay with his parama bhakta forever in this place. So the poojas offered to Vasuki or Nagaraja are nothing but the poojas offered to Lord Subrahmanya. Pilgrims who visit this temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River and take a holy dip in the river before entering the temple for their darshan. The main entrance of the temple lies to the east and the devotees will enter from west through main Gopuram and enter the inner quadrangle from the east.. Between the sanctorum and the portico entrance, there is the Garuda pillar covered with silver. It is believed that this pillar was enchanted and planted there to shield devotees from the poisonous flames arising from the breath of Vasuki, who resides inside. Kukke Subrahmanya is the abode of nagas. The devotees perform any sorts of naga doshas. It is famous for Sarpa Samskara, Nagaprathishta, Ashlesha Bali & other rituals.
Dress code: While entering the temple devotees should remove their shirts and banyans.