Places of Worship

Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple

If you have an eye for ancient temple architecture or scenic spots in general, Thirunelli temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is worth the trip.

Surrounded by beautiful hills and forests on all sides, it is located beside the Brahmagiri Hills, 32 km from Mananthavady. Also known as Sahyamala Kshetram and Kashi of the South, Thirunelli temple is also where the trinity – Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, are present. Folklore says that Lord Brahma installed the idol of Lord Vishnu at the spot. The latter blessed that the stream Papanasini surrounding the temple would wash away the sins of worshippers who came to offer prayers.

The Thirunelli temple derived its name from ‘nelli’, the Malayalam word for gooseberry, also known as amla. The stream is considered sacred by worshippers who come to perform rituals for their ancestors. The Gunnika cave there is dedicated to Lord Siva. The panchatheertham or sacred pond, is located near Papanasini. It is believed that five streams meet at this point. Lord Vishnu’s footprint is believed to be visible here.

How to Reach

By Road

By Road
Mananthavady Bus Stand, about 26 km
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By Rail

By Rail
Kozhikode Railway Station, about 119 km
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By Air
By Air
Calicut International Airport, about 131 km
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