Thoothukudi Places of Interest
 

TIRUCHENDUR

Panchalankurichi and Kattabomman Memorial Fort

  1. Veerapandiya Kattabomman, also known as Kattabomman or ‘Katta Bommu’ was an 18th century Indian Palaiyakkarar chieftain from Panchalankurichi and who was one of the earliest to oppose the British rule.

  2. He waged a war with the British six decades before Indian War of Independence which occurred in 1857 in Northern India.

  3. After a bloody war with the British he was captured by British and hanged in 1799.

  4. His fort was destroyed and his wealth looted by the British army.

  5. Today Panchalankurichi is a historically important place in the present day Thoothukudi district.

  6. Azhagiya Veerapandiapuram (Ottapidaram of today) was ruled by Jagaveera Pandiyan. He had a minister Bommu, also a brave warrior, who had migrated from Andhra Pradesh to Tamilnadu during the Vijayanagar times.

  7. Kattabomman Memorial Fort : This was built in 1974. The visitors can see this during day time 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  8. Family goddess Jackammal is located nearby. The snap shot is of the 5th generation heir of Veerapandya Kattabomman temple. The entrance fee for the visitors is 50 paise for children and Rs.1/- for adults.

  9. Located at Panchalankurichi. 18 km from Thoothukudi and 68 km from Tirunelveli

Athichanallur :

From an Archaeological point of view, this place has a glorious past and it is located on the banks of river Tamirabarani. It is assumed that, in ancient times, a civilised habitation flourished here. Some monuments i.e., Urns (burnt-clay vessels which were used for burying the dead bodies of the very old people), small mud vessels were found near the river Tamirabarani and they are supportive evidences for the civilisation. This place is now under the supervision of Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department.

Bharathiar Mani Mandapam :

In memory of the National poet Subramania Bharathiar a memorial was built by Kalki Krishna Moorthy in 1945 and Mahatma Gandhi showered his blessings on the occasion of its opening. In 1981 the centenary year of Bharathiar was celebrated. This was taken over by the Public Relations Department on 11-12-1981. Located at Ettaiyapuram.

Paniyamada Church :

The statue of Our Lady of Snows is a posthumous gift of St.Francis Xavier who received it here in June 1655. This statue was installed at St.Paul’s Church. The festival commences with flag hoisting on 26 July every year when the preparatory Novena begins. The festival is celebrated for nine days. During the period several Holy Masses are conducted in the mornings and evenings. More than 50,000 people congregate here during this feast. The Golden car is taken out through the streets once in a decade. Holy masses are shed on the Golden car itself from 5 a.m. and by 7 a.m. the car is pulled by the congregation with great faith through the streets of Thoothukudi and the car comes back to the campus by noon. Usually more than 20,000 people take part in this feast.
It is surprising to see that many hindus participate in this feast of Our Lady of Snow to thank Her for the boons that she bestowed upon them and to seek Her blessings.

Panchalankurichi and Kattabomman Memorial Fort

 

KATTABOMMAN

Veerapandiya Kattabomman, also known as Kattabomman or ‘Katta Bommu’ was an 18th century Indian Palaiyakkarar chieftain from Panchalankurichi and who was one of the earliest to oppose the British rule. He waged a war with the British six decades before Indian War of Independence which occurred in 1857 in Northern India. After a bloody war with the British he was captured by British and hanged in 1799. His fort was destroyed and his wealth looted by the British army. Today Panchalankurichi is a historically important place in the present day Thoothukudi district.

Azhagiya Veerapandiapuram (Ottapidaram of today) was ruled by Jagaveera Pandiyan. He had a minister Bommu, also a brave warrior, who had migrated from Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu during the Vijayanagar times. He was known as Gettibommulu in Telugu after the god Sastha Ayyanam Swamy to describe his strength and fighting qualities which over a period of time, became Kattabomman in Tamil. Kattabomman ascended the throne after Jagaveera Pandiyan, who had no children.

Kattabomman Memorial Fort : This was built in 1974. The visitors can see this during day time 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Family goddess Jackammal is located nearby. The snap shot is of the 5th generation heir of Veerapandya Kattabomman temple. The entrance fee for the visitors is 50 paise for children and Rs.1/- for adults.

Located at Panchalankurichi. 18 km from Thoothukudi and 68 km from Tirunelveli

 

Ettaiyapuram :

34 Kms. from Thoothukudi. This is the birth place of Mahakavi Bharathiyar. A Memorial for Umarupulavar Dhansha is also located here. During the reign of Pandyas at Madurai people from Chandragiri near Chittoor of Andhra Pradesh were brought and posted as “watch keepers (Dhisai Kavalars) of Ilasanadu. This was later called Ettayapuram. Ettayapuram was formed in 1565.

Illavelangal :

This village lies 40 kms from Tirunelveli and is in the Tirunelveli Puliyampatti, Kadambur road. It bears testimony to the worship of hero-stones in the pandimandala during the 16th century. On a private land ten hero-stones are found in memory of heroes who were great soldiers laid down their lives in ancient war fields for the sake of the country. The heroes are portrayed with bow, sword, shields and fighting against soldiers on horse back. By the side of the slain-hero two women are portrayed in the pose of garlanding the departed heroes. Two images of Jain Tirthankaras are found in front of Karuppasamy temple. Apart from this, we can find many black stones in the shape of lingas in this temple. These stones signifies the martyrdom and sacrifices of the ancient heroes for their motherland.

kalugumalaiKadambur :

Kadambur is 14 kms South of Maniyachi Railway Station and is named so due to the abundance of Kadamba trees. This place is famous for Boli, a sweet made of flour, coconut and sugar. Cotton ginning and preparation of fertilizers from the cattle bones are the main occupations of the people. In the month of Chithirai (April-May) Mariamman Festival is celebrated in a grand manner and it attracts large crowds from the neighboring areas.

Kayatar :

This small town is 24 kms from Tirunelveli on NH7 Madurai road. Now this place is preserved as monument for Kattabomman. It is the place where he was hanged.

Kazhugumalai :

Kazhugumalai (literally meaning, Eagle Hill) lies about 21 kms south-west of Kovilpatti and 19 kms east of Sankarankoil. There is an over-hanging boulder over a cavern on the hillock, which contains nearly 100 Jaina images arranged in neat rows. Images of Adinatha, Neminatha, Mahaveera, Parsvanatha, Bahubali, Ambika and Padmavati are carved in specially-cut niches. It is though that these images were carved at the instance of monks and lay devotees sometime around the 8th - 9th century A.D. The establishment is said to have been headed by one Gunasagaradeve. There is also a Pandya monolithic temple called Vettuvankovil, just 150 metres to the north of the Jaina cave. The temple is the only one of early monolithic Pandya temples that still survive.

Korkai Port :

29 Kms from Tiruchendur. Korkai, the ancient Port City (12th Centuary) of the Pandya Kings of the Sangam period, now identified with the village Korkai (Srivaikundam taluk of Thoothukudi Dt.) has attracted the attention of scholars, historians and archaeologists for more than a century. Although Korkai is recognised as an ancient Port City, it’s precise location is still a point of conjecture. Korkai is now a remote village. An attempt is made now to locate the port based on field exploration, folk beliefs, and coastal geology and geomorphology.

Holy Ghost Chapel :

Situated at Amaravaram an outstation of Mannapadu, the Holy Ghost Chapel is one of two chapels there, the other being dedicated to St.John the Baptist. These chapels could not survive the wrath of time and succumbed. But nature was kind enough to leave a solitary ruined chapel in the midst of the jungle. The roof had fallen in and on its dilapidated altar lay a stone sculptured dove representing the Holy Ghost.

Memorial for Umaru Pulavar :

The memorial was inaugurated on 29th Oct. 2007 by the Hon’ble Speaker Thiru R Avudaiappan, Government of Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly. The tomb and a spacious prayer hall in the ground floor, with a library on the top floor. About 1,000 literary works of Umaru Pulavar for the readers’ in the library. At the age of 16, Umaru Pulavar stole the national limelight by winning a literary debate with Vallai Varundhi, a renowned poet from North India. Subsequently, Umaru Pulavar was made the court poet of the Ettayapuram Zamin, sources said.

‘Seerapuranam,’ considered to the one of the best works by him, depicts the history related to Prophet Mohammed Nabi, and it contains 5,027 poems in three ‘Kandams’ , which are Vilathathu Kandam, Noobuvathu Kandam and Hijurathu Kandam. “Each of the `Kandams’ narrates various stages of life of Nabi,” sources said. According to historians, the collection of the poet’s works at the library would be of immense help to research scholars. Memorial is maintained by the Information and Public Relations Department under the direct supervision of the District Public Relations Officer.

 

Macaroon

Thoothukudi is famous for macaroon. It is a kind of food product made with white eggs, sugar and coconut. During the English period one Mr.Arunachalampillai, native of Thoothukudi who was employed at Spencer Bakery, only with is great efforts prepared macaroon and sold it in the market.

 

Ottapidaram V.O.Chidambaranar Illam :

Ottapidaram continues to be a Tourism centre for Freedom fighters, since it is the birth place of the great patriot V.O.Chidambaranar. His house has been converted into a memorial and is preserved by the govt from 12-12-1961. His statue, life history and photo galleries are displayed in his memorial. It is 167.12 sqm. Situated at 2/119, V.O.C. Street, Ottapidaram.

Sri Vaikuntam :

37 Kms from Tirunelveli Srivaikuntam is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Sri Vaikuntapathi Swami with a lofty gopuram.The Thiruvengada Mudaliyar Mandapam is rich with sculptures of Yalis, Elephants and Warriors. The Ekadasi Mandapam which is opened on Vaikunta Ekadasi days, contains exquisite sculptures. The Kailasanathaswamy temple is an another important temple. It contains six inscriptions of the times of Veera Pandiya Kattabomman.

Srivaikundam

Serntha Mangalam :

One of the Nava Kailayam has been constructed here at ernthamangalam in Thoothukudi District The Presiding Deity in the Temple is Lord Kailasanathar and the Goddess Sivagami Ambal. If we worship Lord Siva who is the ruling deity of Sukra Disai we will live with all prosperity – fame, wealth position and with the praise of every one.Kovil Timings: Morning : 7.30 am to 9.30 am Evening : 5.30 Pm to 7.30 Pm Location: Located near Tuticorin – Tiruchendur High way ( 15 km from Truchendur and 20 km from Thoothukudi ) Frequent buses are there from both the places from morning 4 am to evening 10.30 pm (Every 10 Minutes) from Authoor – 5 km (Few Buses and Mini Buses are there; Direct bus is available from Tirunelveli via srivaikuntam Nearest Railway Stations are: Tiruchendur : 15 km Kurumbur : 10 km Thoothukudi : 20 km Nearest Airport : Thoothukudi – 45 kms Phone: Kumarasamy Pattar : 04639-239319

The Mandapam that Reminds History

On the beach road at thoothukudi there is one mandapam which reminds the days of our war of Independence. Mr. Ash was the deputy collector at Thoothukudi. When he was travelling by train he was assaulted by Thiru Vanchi Nathan of Sengottai In memory of that collector this mandapam was erected. Now it has been decorated with it stupis and fountains and flowering plants are seen there.

Thiruppuliangudi :

This Divya Desam is located at about 2 Km. From Srivaikundam and 1 Km from Natham. The 3 Thirupathis are situated on Srivaikuntam - Thoothukudi bus route. Presiding deity is Kasinavenda Perumal.

Thiruppuliyangudi

Then Thiruperai :

It occupies seventh place among the Nava Kailayam temple. Lord Siva in the name of Sri Kailaya Nathar and Goddess as Sivakami Amman alias Sri Azhagia Ponnammal bless the devotees.Timing : 7.00 Am – 9.00 Am 5.00 Pm – 6.00 Pm Location: 30 km from Tirunelveli in Thoothukudi District Festivals : Sivarathiri Typasi Thiruvizha, Thiruvathirai, Pirathosham are celebrated.

Thoothukudi Port

Port is a natural deep-sea harbour formed with rubble mound type parallel breakwaters projecting into the sea for about 4 km. Port boasts of 9 Cargo Berths, 1 Shallow Water Berth, 1 Passenger Jetty, 1 Oil Jetty and 2 Coal Jetties in Tuticorin Port.

 

Thoothukudi Sea Fishing

Thoothukudi is the main centre for deep sea fishing in the district which has a lengthy coast-line of about 140 km. Prawn culture is very flourishing in this district and earning considerable amount of foreign exchange. Now the prawn culture has been banned by the Supreme Court of India due to pollution issues. Tuticorin Fishing industry thrives since this is the place known to attract varieties of fish daily unlike other centres. Fishes caught here are either selled locally or exported.

 

Vanchi Maniyachi :

The original name of the place was Maniyachi which has been renamed as “Vanchi Maniyachi” in memory of the brave freedom fighter Vanchi Nathan, who shot dead the then British Collector of Tirunelveli here.

TIRUCHENDUR

Nava Tirupathi Divya DesamTemples

  1. Sri Vaikundam : from Trinelveli on the Trichendur Road. The Lord here is known as Kallar Pran. It is one of Nava Tirupathi Temples. Time: 7 a.m. to 12 noon. & 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  2. Thiruvaragunamangai : This temple is about 2kms east of Srivaigundam and is known to many as the Vishnu temple at Natham. Lord Vijayaasanar is seen here. Time : 8 a.m. to 12 noon. & 1 p.m.. to 6 p.m.

  3. Thirupuliangudi : 1km from Natham, 2km from Srivaikundam is the Lord Kasina Vendhar temple at Thirupuliangudi; Godess Sridevi and Bhoodevi are seen here. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. & 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  4. Irattai Thirupathigal - situated in 100 yards of each other at Thulai Villi Mangalam. The 1st of two temples has Lord Devapiran in a standing posture facing east. At the 2nd temple one can see Lord Aravinda Lochanar. Time 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. & 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

  5. Thirukuzhandai : This temple is 10kms east of Srivaigundam. This place is called as Perunkulam. The Lord here is known as Maayakoothan. Time 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. & 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

  6. Then Thiru perai : On to the south bank of river Tamirabarani at Then Thiru Perai the big Nigaril Mugil Vannan Temple is situated. The Lord called also as Makara Nedunkuzhai kathan. Time : 7.30 a.m. 12 noon & 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

  7. Thirukolur : 3kms South west of Tiruperai is the Vaitha Maa Nidhu Temple. This is birth place of Madura kavi Azhwar, the ardent devotee of Nammazhvar. Time 7.30 a.m. to 12 noon & 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  8. Alwar Thirunagari (Thiru Kurugoor) : The birthplace of Nammazhvar. This is on the way to Thiruchendur from Trinelveli. Vaishnavities attach very great reverence and respect to Namazhvar. Timings : 7 a.m. to 12 noon & 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



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