Discover this historical town featuring the magnificent Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri Fort and the spectacular Abbey Falls. Don’t miss your royal moment on the Raja’s Seat.
The Madikeri Fort was built in 1681 and was renovated with typical stone construction in 1812 by Raja Lingarajendra II. The palace building inside the fort which is in the shape of a tortoise is being utilised as the administration office and the DC office. The fort is well located in the centre of the town and is very easy to reach. The statue of a pair of elephants on one corner of the fort has been a hallmark of the strength of the community. Foot path is provided on top of the fort wall and one can take a complete round of the fort while capturing good glance of the city around. A museum on the right side of the entrance has limited but unique collection of arms and antiques left behind by the predecessors. Government offices located inside the fort are generally busy and crowded on weekdays. However, visitors will not be influenced much by the local crowd. Weekends are generally serene and recommended if you want to spend longer time.
Raja seat is basically a park with nice view point and surrounded by well maintained garden. The Kings of Kodagu or Coorg used to spend romantic time with their Queens. A small seating "mantap" used to be their seat which lead to the name "Raja Seat". You will feel as if you are standing on top of a mountain and watching the beuty of the hill station. The only train that runs in coorg is the "The Kaveri Express" a little toy train, is in Raja seat and is indeed a kind of fun for children. The best attraction in Raja seat is the Musical Fountain show, which is displayed on all days just after the sunset. All types of chat - Pani puri to ghobi manchury etc etc are available just outside the gate.
Lord Shiva temple and one of the best examples of Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Gothic or Indo-Islamic type of architectures. The Lord Shiva temple is built by the King Lingarajendra in the year 1820 with a mixed architecture of Hindu and Islam. A pond in front of the temple with a central dome resembles the Golden temple of Amritsar.
Best Time to Visit
Early morning with sunrise or in the evening. Musical fountain show is played in the evening just after sunset.
From Madikeri 0 kms
From Kushalnagar town 29 Kms
From Bangalore 256 Kms
From Mangalore 165 Kms
From Mysore 120 Kms
Entry fee is applicable vehicles are allowed and parking fees is applicable.