Beginning in the Brahmagiri Hills, Papanisini river is one of the most important pilgrim tourist places in Wayanad. Literally, it translates to ‘washes away all sins’ and the river is considered to have divine powers.
Tourists flock here during Amavasya to take a dip in its waters and offer their prayers. The enchanting setting of the lush green hills and the gushing waters of the stream makes this river an idyllic spot.
This holy mountain stream also has a sacred rock Pinnappara where the last rites of the dead are performed.
It is a popular belief that Lord Rama and Lakshmana performed the ‘pithrukarma’ of their father King Dasaratha, standing on this rock. Surrounded by such majestic surroundings and having attached so many popular legends, this place is one of the most interesting Wayanad tourist places.
Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala
Best Time to visit: One should visit here from the month of September to March.
Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
Distance from Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.