Madikeri Coorg

It is the capital of Coorg district. At more than 1,500-metre height, the first glimpse you have of Madikeri is of coffee plantations, hilly forests and a breath taking view of the town. It was earlier called Mercara. Madikeri is known as the Scotland of India, and was founded by Mudduraja, the prince of the Haleri dynasty in 1681. The city was named after him-Muddurajakeri, which later became Madikeri.

Madikeri Fort was built as a mud fort by Mudduraja in the latter part of the 17th century. The Madikeri palace inside the fort was also built by him. It was later rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan, and he named it Jaffarabad. In 1790, Dodda Virarajendra captured the fort. The Veerabhadra Temple inside it was destroyed by the British and replaced by a church, which is now converted to a museum. The British renovated the palace twice and, in 1933 they added a clock tower and a portico.

The palace serves as the offices of the Deputy Commissioner. The Mahatma Gandhi Public library is located close to the museum. Other attractions are a district prison and the Maha Ganapathy temple within the fort.


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Places to See in Coorg and Around

Abbi Falls | Bhagamandala and Talacauvery | Cauvery Nisargadhama | Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary | Chelavara Watefalls | Chiklihole Reservoir

Dubare Forest Reserve | Iruppu Falls | Kakkabe | Kushalnagar | Madikeri | Nalknad Aramane | Omkareshwara Temple | Somwarpet


Things to do Coorg

Angling | Attend a Kodava wedding | Festivals | Golf | Jungle safari | Shopping | Trekking | White Water Rafting