Madikeri still exudes colonial charm | Video

Madikeri Fort
The seventeenth century fort built by Madduraja is an architectural marvel. Video and Photos: Rahul R Pattom

Madikeri, which stands tall amidst lofty mountains covered with blankets of mist, is a sight to behold in Karnataka's Kodagu district. The hill town, which lies 1170 m above the sea level, is aptly called the Scotland of India.

One of the marvels Madikeri has to offer is a mighty fort. This beautiful remnant of the past symbolizes Madikeri’s rich heritage and tradition. The Madikeri Fort guards safe a unique charm of the times gone by. Mudduraja, who ruled Madikeri in the 17th century, built it. Later, Tipu Sultan, who had conquered the fort, strengthened it using granite and mud. 

Tourists throng Madikeri to visit the fort and the magnificent palace complex in its inner yard. Clean streets and public places add to the charm of Madikeri, which still exudes the colonial hangover.

Madikeri Fort

It was the British who gave a modern face to the city which was ruled by the legendary kings of Chola, Hoysala and Vijayanagara dynasties. They transformed ‘Muddurajakeri’ to the sophisticated Mercara. The Abbey Waterfalls and the lush green coffee plantations are some of the attractions here.

Madikeri Fort

It is said that this fort has witnessed many historical events in the past.

The museum which is curated by the Archaeological Survey of India attracts hundreds of enthusiasts and scholars every year.

Madikeri Fort

Historically valuable artefacts are preserved in the fort. Offices function from most rooms at the fort and the rest are opened for public.

In 1859, the British constructed the St Mark’s church close to the fort. The church which was closed down after the independence now functions as a museum.  

Madikeri Fort

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