Madikeri Fort

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Madikeri Fort
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Madikeri Fort
Coordinates12°25′15″N 75°44′20″E / 12.4208474°N 75.7389661°E / 12.4208474; 75.7389661
Site information
Controlled byGovernment of Karnataka
Site history
Built17th century
Built byMudduraja
Madikeri Fort, Kodagu,India

Madikeri Fort also called Mercara Fort was first founded by Mudduraja in the second half of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. It was eventually rebuilt and restructured in granite by Tipu Sultan who named the site as Jaffarabad. Mercara Fort is among the many forts, build or rebuild by Tipu Sultan. In 1790, Dodda Vira Rajendra took control of the fort. The British who added to the fort in 1834. The palace was renovated by Linga Rajendra II in 1812-1814. In the north-east corner at the entrance are two life size masonry elephants and a church is present in the south-east corner.

The museum displays weaponry used during the era of Tipu Sultan. On display are various artifacts that could give you an insight into what elapsed during the time of Muddu Raja and Tipu Sultan.

Madikeri Deputy Commissioner's Office is located inside the Madikeri Fort premises. The church building houses a museum, which contains several items related to history - mainly the British rule era, and also has a huge portrait of Coorg's eminent personality Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa.

Map of Madikeri with fort in 1854. See alignment

St. Mark's Church is located within the fort and was raised in 1859, by the officers and men of the East India Company, after the fort came in the hands of EIC, after the fall of Tipu Sultan. The building was funded by the Government of Madras,[1] and placed under the Church of England in India, Diocese of Madras.[2] The church was closed after Indian independence, and taken over by the Government of Karnataka in 1971.[3] The building now houses the Madikeri Fort Museum, managed by the Karnataka State Archaeological Department.[4] The shows stuff ranging from Muddy Raja to Tipu Sultan to British.

Palace inside fort now used as DC office



  1. ^ Penny, Frank (1922). The Church in Madras : being the History of the Ecclesiastical and Missionary Action of the East India Company in the Presidency of Madras From 1835 to 1861: Volume III. London: John Murray. p. 98. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Chuches Vested in The Crown: Diocese of Madras". Lords Sitting of 31 May 1927. 67 (5): cc650–1. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Museums in Karnataka". Government of Karnataka: Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage. 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ Madur (13 October 2014). "Madikeri Fort, Coorg". Karnataka. Retrieved 20 August 2015.