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Panchalankurichi:

Panchalankurichi, a small but historic village, is 3 Kms. from Ottapidaram and 18 km from Tuticorin. From here the great warrior Katta Bomman Known as "Veerapandiya Kattabomman " raised his voice against the British regime in the 17th Century A.D.

The existing memorial fort was constructed by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1974. Sri Devi Jakkammal Temple, the hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman, is located near the fort. The cemetery of British soldiers are seen near the fort. Within the memorial Hall, there are beautiful paintings on the walls depicting the heroic deeds of the saga. The tourists can easily get a good idea about the history of the momentous period from that. The remnants of the old fort is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. At Kayatar, very near to  Tirunelveli , there is another memorial for Kattabomman. It is the place where he was hanged.

Kattabomman Memorial Fort                          

This was built in 1974. The visitors can see this during the hours of 8-00 to 1-00 PM and 2-00PM to 6-00 PM. The temple for their family goddess Jackammal is nearby to it. The snap shot of the 5th generation heir of Veerapandya Katthabomman is shown. His name is Vee. Veemaraja alias Jegaveera Pandya Subbramania Kattabomma Durai. Bommu means the god Sastha Ayyanam Swamy. The British gave the sentence of death by hanging to Kattabomman and others on charges of treasm,for their freedom fights.

Some of the other noteworthy persons who were hanged along with Kattabomman are:

1. Kaadal Kudi Zamin
2. Veeraghenchayan Naieker Zamin
3. Nagalapuram Puthur Zamin
4. Dali Ethalappa Naicker Zamin
5. Kaveri Ammal Patti Zamin
6. Vripachy Zamin
7. Sivagengai Zamin

The entrance fee for the visitors is 50 paise for children and
R
e. 1-00 for adults.