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Sullia is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
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
Region Tulu nadu
District Dakshina Kannada
 • MLA S. Angara
Elevation 108 m (354 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 19,958[1]
 • Official Tulu, Kannada/ Are Bhashe dialect
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 574239
Telephone code 91-8257
Vehicle registration KA-21

Sullia(also known as Sulya) (Kannada: ಸುಳ್ಯ)is a taluk in the Dakshina Kannada district of the state of Karnataka, India. It is a small town, surrounded with evergreen wooded mountains in the Western Ghats range in South India. Sullia has plantations of rubber, areca nut, coconut, cashew nut, black pepper and banana. Education centers in Sullia offer a variety of education to students from around the world. The road connecting two major cities of KarnatakaMangalore and Mysore – runs through Sullia.


Coat of arms of Kodagu Gowdas adopted from Jangama (Lingayite monk) Kalyanaswamy's 1837 flag

An historical revolution took place during 1837 when a majority of the Gowdas, Bunts, Kodavas, Billava, Kudiyas, Mogaveeras, Brahmins, Adidravidas, Vokkaligas and other castes from Amara Sullia, Madikeri and Bhagamandala went and fought for freedom against British.[2][3][4][5] .[6]


While the majority of residents are Hindu, the population also includes Muslims, Christians and Jains. The communities follow the Dakshina Kannada culture.


The monsoon comes during the months of June to September. The spring season occurs between November and January. During this season the local temperature ranges between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The summer or dry season occurs between February and May. Due to heavy rainfall .


Minor earthquake were felt in KVG Dental College Sullia on 11 April 2012 afternoon at 2.33pm and it was first earthquake in Sullia Taluk.

The quake, measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale, was recorded at around 2.22 pm in parts of Sullia Taluk on Sunday, 14 October afternoon. Tremors were felt across Sullia Taluk.The tremor’s epicentre lay at a depth of 5 km, the meteorological department said in its preliminary report.Tremors were felt in Jalsoor,Subramanya, Markanja, Sampaje, Peraje and other places. Panic-stricken locals ran out of their houses fearing earthquake.And it was Second earthquake in 2012 reported in Sullia Taluk.


The culture of Sullia is a blend of Tuluva culture with a tinge of Kodava culture. People speak Gowda Kannada, Kannada, Are Bhashe, Tulu, Konkani, Havigannada(Havyaka Kannada), Kodava languages. During 1972 onwards plenty of Tamils repatriated from Srilanka to Sullia to work under Rubber Plantations under KFDC, hence there are plenty of Tamil speaking communities most of them are belonged to Hinduism.

Economy / Agriculture[edit]

The economy of Sullia is mainly based on agriculture and horticulture. The region has fertile land and rich water resources. The main crops are rubber trees, areca nut, cashew nut, cocoa, rice, banana, vanilla, coconut and jackfruit.

Main attractions[edit]

A waterfall on the way from Madikeri to Sullia

main attraction sampaje panchalingeshwara temple


Public Schools and Colleges

Public education in Sullia is mostly served by government bodies.

  • Govt, High School Aletty Sullia.
  • Govt, First Grade College Sullia.
  • Higher Primary School Aletty Sullia
  • Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath [1] Model Higher Primary Schools (In Kannada Language: Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath Madari Hiriya Prathamika Shaale)
  • Govt., High School, Gandhinagar, Sullia
  • Govt., Pre-University College, Sullia. (old name: junior college)
  • Govt.,pre-University college,gandhinagar sullia.
  • Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath Model Higher Primary School Guthigaru (started 1897)
Private Schools and Colleges
Charity Schools
  • Ansariya Yatheem Khana [5] Providing free education to orphans and poor people from Muslim Community.

Academy of Liberal Education

The Academy of Liberal Education [6] is a Registered Society established in 1967 with the sole objective of providing quality education in all branches, including professional courses. Powered by the visionary leadership of Sri Kurunji Venkatramana Gowda, Founder President, the Academy of Liberal Education has converted Sullia into a modern learning center of the country.

Ansariya Yatheem Khana

This institution is for orphans and poor people among the Muslim community. Orphan children get boarding and education here.



The following organizations offer both long distance and local transportation.

  • Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) owned by Government of Kerala.
  • Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) owned by Government of Karnataka.
  • Buses and taxicabs (Usually shared by many passengers to cut cost) transport services by local private parties.
  • 3-Wheeler Auto Rickshaw (taxi) for local short distance transportation.
  • Nearest railway station is Puttur train station and Mangalore. The train between Mangalore and Bangalore (started from 8 December 2007) passes through Subramanya.
  • Mangalore Harbour( NMPT ). It is around 90 km away from Sullia.

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