Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad


Thirunelli Temple is an ancient and sacred temple located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. It is believed to be over 3000 years old and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated amidst the beautiful and serene Brahmagiri hills and is surrounded by lush green forests and a river.


The approximate latitude and longitude of Thirunelli Temple are 11.9834° N, 75.9821° E. It is located about 30 km from Mananthavady and 66 km from Kalpetta.


Thirunelli Temple has a rich history and is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala. According to legend, Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, performed a yajna (sacred ritual) at this spot and installed the idol of Lord Vishnu. The temple was later renovated by the Chola dynasty in the 9th century AD and again by the Hoysala kings in the 13th century AD.


The architecture of Thirunelli Temple is a blend of Kerala and Tamil Nadu styles. The temple has a square-shaped sanctum sanctorum (garbhagriha) with a pyramidal roof. The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful carvings and murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The temple also has a sacred pond called Papanasini, which is believed to have the power to wash away sins.

Important Festivals

  • Vishu - April
  • Navaratri - September/October
  • Deepavali - October/November
  • Thirunelli Festival - November/December
  • Vaisakha Mahotsavam - May/June

How to Reach

Thirunelli Temple is easily accessible by road. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, which is about 130 km away. The nearest railway station is at Kannur, which is about 80 km away. From there, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Thirunelli Temple.