Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the base of Brahmagiri Hill in Kerala and is one among the premier shrines in the State. The temple is at an altitude of about 900m in north Wayanad in a valley surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. The serenity and the calmness of the place attracts so many devotees and tourists.
Thirunelli was once an important town and pilgrim center in the middle of an inaccessible jungle valley surrounded by mountains on four sides. The Matsya Purana, Skanda Purana, Narasimha Purana, Padma Purana, and many other Hindu scripts describes about this beautiful Vishnu temple. Legend says that the temple was built by Lord Brahma itself in the picturesque Sahya valley, deep in the middle of forest of unmatchable beauty, and in the texts, it is referred to as “Sahyamalaka Kshetra”.
The drive to the temple offers one an enriching experience. With paddy fields on both sides of the road along with the dense forests, elephant sanctuaries and bamboo forests are sure to sweep you off your feet. While you visit this famous shrine in Kerala, enjoy a pleasant stay at the best and the nearby hotel in Wayanad, the Wayanad Coffee Trail Resort.