The Thrissilery Shiva Temple in Wayanad is a famous pilgrimage destination of Kerala. Dedicated to Lord Shiva the temple is visited along with the Lord Vishnu Temple at Thirunelli 19km away. It is believed that the ancestral rituals at Thirunelli remain incomplete until one pays a visit to the Thrissilery Temple. The temple is also home to the shrine of Jala Durga installed, according to legend by Parasurama himself. It is located on the water tank that originates from the Papanasini River. The tank has never dried up till date.
The Thrissillery Temple is one of the oldest temples of the state. The temple is said to be built by the Rajahs of the ancient medieval ages. The temple’s main deity is Lord Shiva and hence the festival of Maha Shivaratri celebrated in February-March is the best time to visit the temple. Also, Mondays are considered an important day of the week, with unmarried youths visiting the temple for blessings. The Malayalam festival of Meenam falls in March-April and Puthari is celebrated in October-November. Seasonally, the monsoons are best avoided due to heavy rainfall and summers can get quite hot with temperatures reaching 45 degrees. Winters are the best time to visit the temple.