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Sullia Scene
Sullia Scene
Coordinates: 12°33′29″N 75°23′21″E / 12.55806°N 75.38917°E / 12.55806; 75.38917Coordinates: 12°33′29″N 75°23′21″E / 12.55806°N 75.38917°E / 12.55806; 75.38917
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Dakshina Kannada
 • MLA S. Angara
Elevation 108 m (354 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 145,226[1]
 • Official Tulu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 574239
Telephone code 91-8257
Vehicle registration KA-21
Nearest cities Mangalore, Madikeri

Sullia (also known as Sulya) is a taluk in the Dakshina Kannada district of the state of Karnataka, India. Sullia town is situated 86 km (53 mi) south-east of Mangalore city on NH-275.


An historical revolution took place during 1837 when a majority of the Kodavas, Tuluvas, Kudiyas, Adidravidas, and other castes from Amara Sullia, Madikeri and Bhagamandala went and fought for freedom against British.[2][3][4][5][6] CITY TOURISM Sullia is one of the pilgrimage places. The area covered by the TP is 4233-37 acres 6.61 Sq.Km. The total population of Sullia town is 18,028. It has 18 wards Kukke Subrahmanya is a famous Hindu temple located in the small, rural village of Subrahmanya in the Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. The main tourist spots are Sri Chenna Keshava Temple, Sri Kayarthodi Temple.

Tourist Attractions[edit]

Ø Sullia has suspension bridges (locally known as hanging bridges) helping local pedestrians to cross the Payaswini river. These bridges also attract a lot of tourists. Ø Payaswini and Kumaradhara are the two major rivers of Sullia. Ø Kumara Parvata mountain is one of the famous trekking paradises situated near Sri Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. Ø “Koli Kamale" is a famous trekking place in peraje, Kodagu district (7 km from sullia) Ø Abbey Falls is 10 kilometres from Madikeri (50 kilometres from Sullia). Ø Sri Kukke Subramanya Temple, situated in Subramanya (village), around 44 kilometres from Sullia, is a famous pilgrimage location. Ø Sri Mallikarjuna Temple, situated in Thodikana, around 15 km from Sullia, is a famous pilgrimage location and also a famous tourist destination.


According to the 2011 census report, Hindus form the largest religious group in Sullia taluk (1,23,507 that is 85.04% of the taluk population). The number of Muslims is 19,556 (13.47% of the taluk population) and the number of Christians in the taluk is 2,076 (1.43%).[1]

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Religions in Sullia taluk

source: Sullia Taluk Census 2011 data

  Hindus (85.04%)
  Muslim (13.47%)
  Christians (1.43%)
  Other (0.06%)


Mamballi Dargah
Bus Station area
Police Station

• Shri Kukke Subrahmanya Temple, Subrahmanya • Shri Somanatheshwara Temple, Agrahara, Subrahmanya • Shri Chennakeshava Temple, Sullia • Shri Jaladurga Temple, Peruvaje – Bellare • Kote Shree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple • Shri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Yedamangala • Shri Mahavishnu Temple, Pijakala • Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Marakatha • Shri Nagabrahma Koti Chennaya Adibaideragala Garadi • Shri Thrishulini DurgaParameshwari Temple, Balpa • Shri Shankapala Subrahmanya Temple, Yenekal Grama • Shri Mallikarjuna Temple, Thodikana • Shri Mahishamardhini Temple, Ajjavara, Sullia • Shri Subramanya Temple, Adkar • Shri Maha Vishnu Temple, Kayarthodi, Sullia SHREE CHENNAKESHAVA TEMPLE Shree Chennakeshava Temple is situated at the centre of sullia Town just half a kilometer to the west of Madikeri-Manglore State highway. The Temple has a history of 850 years and attracts devotees from all over our motherland. The Temple has a history of 850 years and attracts devotees from all over our motherland.According to Thulunadu History it is established that the Ballala or King of the illustrious Jaina Tradition constructed this sacred temple. The place was this king ruled is half kilometer from the temple and it is called “Pannebeedu.” Sri Bhagavathi deity is worshiped here where we find sacred “Chavadi” or prayer hall. Shree ChennaKeshava Idol is made from Pancha Loha or five holy metals. The deity is worshiped three times a day. In the inner sanctum ‘Sri Durga Amma’ and ‘Chennigaraya Murthi’ are worshiped in the outer part there is Anjaneya Gudi where Sri Hanuman blesses Devotees. Annual Jathra car Festival or Holly ceremony is regularly held every year in January and five festival occasions (Pancha Parva) are celebrated with grate pomp and ceremony. Temple Address Shree Chennakeshava Temple Sullia, Dakshina Kannada District. Pin-Code-574239, Karnataka State, India PH:08257-230560


Shri Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is situated in the heart of the village. Nature reveals in all unhidden beauty in the rivers, forests and mountains the temples is surrounded by. It is about a 40 KM from Sullia. Sacred places to visit:

1. Shree Subrahmanya:

Lord Subrahmanya is the main deity of Subrahmanya. The main entrance of the temple lies to the east.

2. Kukke Linga:

To the west of inner sanctum there is a cluster of Lingas known as Kukke Lingas. The Lingas were kept in basket.

3. Kala Bairava Devaru:

The shrine of Lord Bairava is situated at the southern side of the inner sanctum. 4. Umamaheshwara: This image can be found in the north eastern side of the main sanctum. The images of Soorya, Ambika, Vishnu and Ganapathi are also found here.

5. Hosoligamma

The shrine of Hosoligamma lies to the southern side of the main sanctum. The images of Soorya, Ambika, Vishnu and Ganapathi are also found here. 6. Sringeri Mutt: This mutt is situated to north east of the main sanctum in the outer quadrangle. Chandramauleshwara is the main deity of this temple. 7. Ballalaraya Vigraha : This statue of Ballala King can be found while entering the main temple. It is believed that Subrahmanya was once the capital of Ballala King. 8. Uttaradi Mutt: This Mutt is situated on the northern side of car street. 9. Adi Subrahmanya : A road on the northern side of the main Gopuram leads to Adi Subrahmanya. 0.25 KM of walk will take you to Adi Subrahmanya temple. 10. Kashikatte Ganapathi : This is situated beside the main road towards Kumaradhara about 0.25 KM from the main temple. Here temples of Ganapathi and Anjaneya are seen. It is believed that the idol of Ganapathi found here is very ancient and installed by sage Narada.

Facilities to devotees at Subrahmanya: Accommodation: Temple guest houses are available. Food: Free Lunch and Dinner is offered to devotees and visitors. Cloak room facility and banking facility are also available.

Distances from Kukke Subrahmanya: 1. Mangalore: around 105 km 2. Bangalore: around 350 km 3. Hassan: around 110 Km 4. Dharmasthala: around 70 km 5. Udupi: around 165 km

Postal Address: Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple Subrahmanya – 574 238 Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District Karnataka – INDIA

THODIKANA SRI MALLIKARJUNA TEMPLE Thodikana Sri Mallikarjuna temple is situated in a small village near Sullia. The 13th century temple is gaining prominence of late, as it has a hoary past dating back to Mahabharata period.

Sri Mallikarjuna temple is an ancient, holy temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated at Thodikana in Sullia taluk of Karnataka state. It is situated in the midst of greenery surrounded by hills and plantations. The name Thodikana is derived from two words, Thodu (stream) and Kana (forest), as there is a stream called Matsyatirtha, (Matsyameans fish in Kannada/Sanskrit), flowing through the forest which is now turned into plantations. The stream flowing a few metres to the south east has a shoal of fish at a particular spot which is called Meenugundi (Meenu meaning fish and gundimeaning pond in Kannada, so Meenugundi roughly translates to a pond of fish). These fishes are never consumed by the local people but are cared for and fed by the temple authorities and the devotees visiting the temple, as it is believed that Lord Shiva came to this spot using as His vehicle Lord Vishnu himself in the form of fish. The fish is, therefore, revered and worshipped here as incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated at a distance of 18 km from Sullia, the taluk headquarters. Those who wish to visit the temple from Sullia have to take a diversion to the right at Aranthodu, on Mangalore-Madikeri Road, and travel through the rubber and areca plantations on either side of the road. Needless to say the journey through the green environs is refreshing and invigorative. Sri Mallikarjuna temple boasts of a hoary past as Kanva rishi is said to have set up an ashram and performed tapas (meditation) here and installed a shivalinga which was first traced by Malli, a tribal woman, when she was digging the soil to collect plant roots. It is said that while digging, her axe hit a stone and blood started oozing from it. Shocked by this spectacle, she ran to the nearby ashram, where Kanva lived, who learnt by hindsight that this was an ancient shivalinga having immense spiritual powers, and installed it at the place where the temple is located now, so that people found it convenient to visit and worship the idol. According to a legend, it is said that Kanva rishi had set up a yajna kund (a pit [fireplace] for offering sacrifice like grains, clarified butter, sandalwood, etc.) here in the temple complex and the fire lit by him in it has been burning without any break since time immemorial, which devotees can see even now. As Malli was the first person to locate the shivalingaworshipped in this temple, the deity subsequently came to be called Sri Mallikarjuna.

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