Thirunelli is small village on the base of the Brahmagiri mountain. This scenic village is famous for a temple of Lord Vishnu built around 1000 BC. Thirunelli lies in Wayanad district of Kerala. Thirunelli in Malayalam means sacred Amla (Indian Gooseberry). The legend says that the hindu deity Lord Brahma was mesmerised by the beauty of this place and spotted an Amla tree with an idol of Lord Vishnu at its bottom. Lord Brahma then built a temple and installed this idol in the temple. Upon Lord Brahma's request Lord Vishnu agreed to make the waters of the nearby stream to be powerful to wash away human sins. And hence the stream running near by the Thirunelli temple is called Papanasini, which means 'that which can take away the sins' in Malayalam. Thirunelli is the starting point of the trek to the Brahmagiri hills from Kerala side.
Best time to visit Thirunelli is during the post monsoon months of September to March.
Good hotels suiting any budgets are available at Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. Many resorts are available throughout the Wayanad district. Lodges are available near to the Thirunelli temple also.
KarnatakaSRTC runs one Rajahamsa from Bangalore to Kutta. From Kutta KeralaSRTC and private buses are available to Kattikulam. From Kattikulam KeralaSRTC and private buses are available to Thirunelli. Route 2 is 50km more than Route 1. One can reach Sulthan Bathery from Bangalore by direct KarnatakaSRTC and KeralaSRTC buses available from Bangalore. From Sulthan Bathery KeralaSRTC and private buses are available to Mananthavady. From Mananthavady KeralaSRTC and private buses going to Thirunelli are available.