Thoothukudi Tourist Places Or Places to visit in Thoothukudi
Thoothukudi is one of the important District in Tamil Nadu. This city is a major industrial and commercial centre and also a harbour. SPIC'S fertilizer plant, a heavy water plant, a thermal power station, etc. are located here. It is a major pearl fishing and salt producing centre as well. It is 48km from Tirunelveli
Holy Cross Church at Manapad is an ancient one. It was built in the year 1581. Fragments of the True Cross, brought from Jerusalem are placed in the church. Throughout the year pilgrims visit the chuch and thousands congregate during the festival season from first to fourteenth, September every year. On the sea shore edge of the church, there are tanks where drinking water is available. It is 70km from Kanyakumari and 18km from Tiruchendur. The church is associated with St. Francis Xavier.
On the NH7 Madurai Road, about 25km before Tirunelveli is Kayattar. The British hanged the 17-century patriot, Kattabomman from a tamarind tre here for raising his voice against them. A monument stands here in his memory.
The temple located here on the shor of the bay of Bengal is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. It is 48km east of Tirunelveli and on the way to Alwarthirunagari and Srivaikundam temples.
Ottapidaram is the birth place of V.O. Chidambaram freedom fighter. His maiden venture in navigation against the East India Company caused his imprisonment. That is why he is popularly called as “Kappalottiya Thamizhan”. His home has also now become a memorial.
Tiruchedur is about 40km from Thoothukkudi, Tirichendur is one of the six Arupadai Veedu (Abodes) of Lord Muruga. The temple tower and the sculptures of this seashore temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya are worth seeing. It is believed that is the place where Lord Muruga or Subramanya offered his thanksgiving prayers to Lord Shiva after defeating the demon Surapadman. Devotees still celebrate the victory during the Tamil month of Aippasi as a festival.
20km from Tiruchendur on way to Tirunelveli (56km), Srivaikuntam, also known as Kailasapuram has a Vaishavaite temple with presiding deity named as Kallapiran. The temple served as a fort during the war of Kattabomman with a British.
Manappadu on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, 18km from Trichendur is a predominantly Roman Catholic village. The Holy Cross Church (1581) here is believed to have some fragments of the True Cross from Jerusalem. This place is also associated with St. Francis Xavier, a famous missionary, who lived in a cave near the headland.
This is the birthplace of the revolutionary poet Bharathiyar. His home has been made a memorial. Umaru Pullavar Durga is also located here.
Panchalankurichi is small but historic village. It is 3km from Ottapidaram in Thirunelveli District. From here, the great warrior Kattabomman known as 'Veerapandiya Katta Bomman' has raised his voice against the British regime in the 17th century AD.
Kattabomman Memorial Fort
The Government of Tamil Nadu constructed the existing memorial fort in 1974. Sri Devi Jakkammal Temple, the hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman, is located near the fort. The cemetery of British soldiers is seen near the fort. The Archaeological Survey of India protects the remnants of the old fort.
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