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Panchalankurichi was the capital of the Nayaka chief, Vira Pandya Kattabomman at the close of the 18th century. It is situated in Ottappidaram taluk of Tuticorin District. 

The Panchalankurichi fort area measuring 35 acres remained as a mound. The aim of the excavation was to find out the remnants of the palace of Kattabomman. 

Exposed Fort Area

The excavation revealed the main palace with its east facing entrance in the southern end. Three rooms on each side flanked the entrance. There was a square pit about one and a half meters lined with lime plaster probably intended for storing grains. A passage with a slope to the north led to the audience hall, which is the most impressive part of the structure. It had a raised platform at the western end, built of brick. The eastern part of the platform was decorated with ornamental mouldings and a row of sockets for lamps. In the northern wall adjacent to the main platform was found a cannon ball, embedded into it. The Kalyana mandapa lying adjacent to the audience hall has at the centre a square platform and a raised platform all around with an intervening passage. 

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