Revered by Lord Vishnu, Thirunelli is an ancient temple, formed during the reign of Bhaskara Ravi Varma, a Chola king (962–1019 CE). This shrine is perhaps the only temple in the world, where devotees can perform all the rituals, related to life, starting from birth to death to after death. People from all over the world come to perform their ancestral rites.
Beneath the temple, a wild stream makes it way called Papanasini. The water stream is originated from Brahmagiri Hills and later joins River Kalindi. The streams possess powers to dissolve sins of all the mortals. At Papanasini, there is a sacred rock called Pinnappara where ritual offerings to the spirits of the departed are made (known as bali).
The temple also has a pond, at the centre of which is a stone slab with the impression of Lord Vishnu's feet called Panchatheertham. Towards the western side of the temple, there is cave dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hence, it is believed that the temple has received the blessing of the Tridev-Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Thirunelli Temple, Mananthavady, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India
5:30 AM to 12 Noon & 5:30 PM to 08:00 PM, Open All days