Palayamkottai lies on the eastern shore of the Thamirabarani River and serves as the headquarters of Tirunelveli District. It is the headquarters of the Church Missionary Society.
It is believed that during the 16th century, St. Francis Xavier stayed in this town. The major attraction of this place is the Trinity Church, having a 35 m tall spire that is believed to have been established in 1826.
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