Thiruneli is ideally located amidst the serene Brahmagiri Hills, at about 32 km from Mananthavady and 66 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District, North Kerala.
Nestled beautifully amidst the Brahmagiri hills, Thiruneli is a treasure-trove of scenic beauty, housing the divine Thiruneli Temple and the holy mountain spring of Papanasini flowing close by. Legend has it that Thiruneli temple was built more than 3000 years ago by Lord Brahma – The Creator of the Universe, and that he himself dedicated the temple to Lord Visnu – the Preserver of the Universe according to Hindu mythology. Perhaps this explains how the hill ranges surrounding the temple came to be known as Brahma Giri. But the actual origin of the temple still remains a mystery.
Historical records provide evidence that present day Thiruneli ranked as an important and prosperous place in South India till 16th century AD. Copper inscriptions of Chera kings Bhaskara Ravi Varman I and II have been excavated from Thiruneli village and they bear testimony to the historical importance of the Vishnu Temple.