At a distance of 45 Kms from Kalpetta, 28 kms from Irupu Falls & 22 kms from Mananthavady, Thirunelly Temple is located in a beautiful valley beneath Brahmagiri hill range close to Kerala - Karnataka boarder (near Kutta, close to Nagarhole National Park).
This 300 years old temple is surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga hills. Lord Vishnu is the main deity at this temple. This temple is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. Around 30 granite columns and granite paved floor makes the temple an architectural wonder. Lord Ganapathy, Hanuman, Lord Shiva, Bhadrakali are also worshipped at this temple.
Papanasini, the holy mountain spring flows nearby. Panchatheertha, a pond where five rivers used to meet in the past, is located on the southern side of the temple. A small base is seen in the centre of the pond on which a stone slab with foot print of Lord Vishnu is deployed.
A two day festival celebrated on April 13th and 14th every year. Buses are available from Mananthavady.