Built-in: 17th century
Visiting duration: about 1-2 hours
Madikeri Fort is a small and beautiful fort situated in the majestic city Madikeri, in Kodagu district, under the state of Karnataka, in southern India. Another name of Madikeri fort is Mercara fort. It is an interesting place for sightseeing in the city. Many people come to visit this place every year. It is located at the center of Madikeri city and a historical landmark for the city. The structure of the fort is gorgeous. It is a must-visit place in the city. Whenever you are traveling to visit Madikeri you make sure to visit this fort.
The history behind Madikeri Fort?
Madikeri Fort was first built by mudduraja in the 17th century and it was rebuilt and restructured by Tipu Sultan. This site was renamed Jaffarabad. It is one of those forts which were built or rebuilt during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Dodda Vira took the control of the fort in 1790. In 1834 The British made some addition to the fort. Now, this is controlled by the government of Karnataka, and the premises house of the fort is used as Madikeri Deputy Commissioner’s office.
About Madikeri Fort:
There is no argument about the fort. There are two elephant statues made of stone in the fort at the northeast entry and a church in the southeast corner of the fort. The soldiers of the East India Company constructed the church in 1859. There you will find a Ganesh temple also. There is a museum established in the fort which displays artifacts and weaponry from the time of the fort’s construction and British rule. They also installed a grand clock tower to the fort in 1933. It is said that the fort has few secret passageways which is a mysterious thing.
Causes of visiting Madikeri Fort?
Madikeri fort is one of the famous places in the city of Madikeri. The architecture of the fort is so beautiful. The environment of the place can make you feel relax and refreshed. The government of Karnataka maintains this historical place carefully. So this place is very clean and tidy. You can see various historical things in the museum which are amazing. From there you can witness a wonderful scenario of the city. So, don’t miss this excellent historical place.
Some FAQ a visitor would like to know before visiting this place:
When is the best time to visit Madikeri Fort?
Madikeri fort can be visited any time of the year. But the perfect time to visit Madikeri Fort is from October to February. At that time the weather of the city remains pleasant and cool. It is the perfect time for sightseeing.
Opening and closing time of Madikeri Fort:
Madikeri fort opens every day of the week except Monday. It opens at 10:00 am and closes at 5:30 pm.
How much the entry fee is for Madikeri Fort?
A visitor does not need to pay any entrance fee to visit Madikeri fort. As it is free for all. But if you want to visit the museum then you have to pay a little amount. It is RS. 5 for children and RS.10 for adults (per person).
Is Photography allowed in Madikeri Fort?
Photography is allowed in Madikeri fort. You can carry your camera with you. No fee is required for that. You can click the beautiful picture here.
Is it a safe place for the tourist?
This place is safe for the tourist. For your convenience here is the local police station location.
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How to reach?
By Air: There is no airport in Madikeri city. So you have to go via Mangalore International airport which is the nearest airport to the city. It is about 141 km away from Madikeri fort. From there you need to hire any local transport to reach Madikeri fort.
By train: Madikeri does not have any railway station also. The best way to go there by train is by the Mangalore railway station. Which is situated at a distance of 134 km away from the fort and the closest railway station. It is well connected with the other cities of India. At the station, you can find taxis and cabs. By hiring them you can reach Madikeri fort easily.
By bus: The city Madikeri is well connected with the other cities of Karnataka by road. Several public buses can be found there which connect the city with Mangalore, Mysore, Bangalore, etc. So, you can easily go there by road. And this place is situated near the Madikeri bus stand.