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Thirunelli Temple, Kalpetta

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Trek through thick forest to reach Thirunelli Temple, an ancient, isolated site sitting at 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level. The route to the temple winds through a wildlife sanctuary with plenty of opportunities to spot the local residents. Small streams, ponds, waterfalls, and an old stone aqueduct pulling in water from a nearby spring contribute to the harmonious nature of the temple's surroundings. The pilgrimage site, dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu, is believed to be more than 1,000 years old, with remains of ancient villages uncovered in the nearby forests. Using our online itinerary creator, Kalpetta attractions like Thirunelli Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I really do apologise to all the Hindus for whom it's understandably such a special place (!!!) but for non-Hindus this really isn't worth the trip. It's quite a long way up a one-way road and it's qu...  more »
  • A very old temple ( can easily figure out seeing the structure of the temple), but very crowded.. I couldnt even find a proper parking place bcz it was over crowded that day that's not a big issue eit...  more »
  • Thirunelli is one of the best and must visit place in Wayanad. The temple is situation on a hill top and has a pushkarini (Tank). The belief here is that this shrine will kill our sins and can offer p...  more »
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  • A temple in the middle of the forest. Situated on a hill surrounded by bigger hills. Recet constructions have slightly affected the ambiance of the location. But still it s one of best temples situated in a peaceful place. The temple has great religious importance also. It is considered as the one of the best place to perform the 'shradha' for the ancestors. The drive to the temple through the forest is also thrilling. You are almost certain to see some animals. We could not see elephants, but managed to see wild bores, deer and giant squirrels. If you are really interested see animals, travel early morning or night.
  • Thirunelli temple, located in the forest region of Brahmagiri, is known as the Kashi of South, it is believed that the temple is more than 1000 years old. The temple surrounded by mountains, hidden in dense wood, provides a refreshing view of nature. Accommodation is available right in front of the temple
  • It's a beautiful temple, one can feel at peace as soon as you enter the temple premises, however its very poorly maintained, iIwent there to perform rituals for my demised ones, and it was that day of the year (karkada vaav) where all come to perform similar rituals, we stood in line at 12:45 in the night and finished by 3:30. The downward stretch was tedious for all due to heavy rainfall and the route does was filled with mud, very slippery. Despite all of it, the temples peace and calmness is undoubtedly the strongest that I visited.
  • This is a famous temple in Kerala where the worship of Pithrus (manes) is done. It is 32 Km from the Manandavadi town of wayanad district, which is a dense tribal area of Kerala. The nearest Railway station is Kozhikode in Kerala, which is 72 Km from this place. It is in a valley called “Brahma Giri” (Mountain of Brahma) It is believed that Lord Brahma did a great fire sacrifice here and because of that, this place is divine. According to legends, once upon a time, some Brahmins happened to travel through these dense forests. When they were very hungry and had nothing to eat, they called Lord Vishnu for their help. Then they saw a goose berry tree. (Called Nelli in Malayalam), which was laden with fruits. All of them satiated their hunger by eating fruits of this tree. Suddenly their hunger and thirst was satiated and they felt the divine presence. Then they decided to call the place as “Thiru Nelli (sacred Gooseberry). “ Records exist to prove that this temple of Lord Vishnu is at least 1000 years old. It is also referred in Unni neeli Charitham which is the first book written in Malayalam. The temple is a very simple structure made of granite stone. The idol consecrated in this temple is that of Lord Vishnu with four arms. The walls of this temple are also made of granite. On these walls, very beautiful etchings are there. It seems one king of Coorg, tried to renovate this temple. When he was half through, the Vellattiri king who owned the temple objected. The renovation was discontinued. Even today we can see proof of the half finished renovation work. There are no wells in this temple. Water is being brought by a stone aqueduct from a stream in the Brahma Giri valley. Very near the temple , there is a river called Papa Nasini(killer of sins). It is believed that if we do rituals to the manes (pithrus), they would get salvation. It is believed that the good effect is equivalent to doing Karmas(Rituals ) in Gaya. The Pindas (rice balls ) are placed in the stream after the worship. People believe that both Lord Rama and Lord Parasurama did the Pithru Karmas here Also in the vicinity is a sacred rock where ritual offerings (known as bali) are made for the ancestors on the New Moon days of the Malayalam months Karkkidakom, Thulam and Kumbham. Besides the rituals during the two-day festival, art forms like Kathakali and Ottanthullal are performed. Very near the Papa Nasini is the Padma Theertha pond. . In the middle of it on a raised stone, you find the marks of Lord Vishnu’s feet. People believe that Lord Vishnu stood on this rock and gave divine advice to Lord Brahma. Nearby in a cave there is a Shiva temple also. All the people who do Pithru Karma visit this temple on their way back. There is a great lodge called “Thirunelli Agraharam” in these sylvan surroundings. Its address is Address Yatri Nivas Road Thirunelli Temple Post Manathavadi, Wayanad Kerala - 670646 India
  • In this temple are most popular and beautiful temples in Kerala. Thirunelli Temple is a Hindu temple devoted to lard Maha Vishnu. I really like this tourist destination for makes a spiritual vacation holidays.