Tirunelli

This small town is at the foot of the Brahmagiri hill. The drive to Tirunelli is fascinating and through tea, coffee, rubber estates, elephant sanctuaries and bamboo forest. Tirunelli has a small population mostly of adi vasis (indigenous people) The temple dates back to perhaps the 9th/10th century, renovated over the ssubsequent centuries and is dedicated to Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe.

The name of the temple is derived from the ` sacred gooseberry’   that was available to the tired pilgrims. Gooseberry in Ayurveda is considered a fruit with extraordinary medicinal qualities and literally `ambrosia’. There is a cave dedicated to Shiva, the destroyer for creation. Hence this place is twice blessed as the abode of Vishnu and Shiva.