Located in a valley beneath a hill called Brahmagiri
, Thirunelli Temple is around 30 km north-west of Mananthavady
in Wayanad District
. Also known as 'Kasi of the south,' it is a fine specimen of classical Kerala
temple architecture. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu
. It is an architectural marvel with 30 granite pieces supporting the shrine and the floor paved with huge square granite blocks. Koothambalam
is the main attraction of the temple.
is situated nearby. Pakshipathalam
, an interesting trekking center, is 7 km away.