Panchalankurichi is a tiny village located 3-km from
Ottapidaram and 18-km from Tuticorin. This
village is of great historical importance as the great warrior Katta
Bomman known as "Veerapandiya Kattabomman" raised his voice
against the British regime in the 17th century AD here. Kattabomman
Memorial Fort The Government of Tamil Nadu in 19 74 constructed the
Kattabomman Memorial Fort. The Archaeological Survey of India protects the
remnants of the old fort. The hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman was Sri
Devi Jakkammal. A temple dedicated to Sri Devi Jakkammal is located near
the fort. Nearby attraction of the fort is a cemetery of British soldiers.
Within the Memorial Hall, there are beautiful paintings on the walls depicting the heroic deeds of the saga. The snap shot of the 5th generation heir of Veerapandya Katthabomman is also shown over here. His name is "Veemaraja" alias "Jegaveera Pandya Subbramania Kattabomma Durai". "Bommu" means God Sashtha Ayyanam Swamy (also spelt as Sashtha Ayyanam Swami). The British gave the sentence of death by hanging Kattabomman and others on charges of treason.
Tourists can visit the fort from 8.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 6.00pm.
Air: The nearest airport to Tuticorin
is at Madurai.
Rail: There is a railway station at Tuticorin.
Road: Tuticorin is a main port city of India and is well connected by road with the important cities and towns of south India. Regular buses are available from Tuticorin to Panchalankurichi.
Tuticorin has good accommodation facilities, which are worth for an overnight stay.