Coorg is always an excellent choice for weekend getaways. With its dense forests and gushing waterfalls, it is sure to charm you. A spectacular place to visit here is the seat of the district of Coorg—the hilly town of Madikeri. With its panoramic viewpoints, lush greenery, and majestic mountains, Madikeri is like paradise on earth. A magnificent structure that you should definitely visit is the Madikeri Fort. Read on to know more about it.
Among the most important places to see in Madikeri is the Madikeri Fort. Engross your kids with the exciting stories of this fort. They will surely enjoy the characters of their history textbook coming alive. The place was originally a mud structure built by Mudduraja, the Haleri ruler in the 17th Century. Later, Tipu Sultan, the Sultan of Mysore, rebuilt the fort using granite. He named it as Jaffarabad. In 1790, the fort was confiscated by Dodda Veerarajendra, the king of Coorg who defeated Tipu Sultan. In 1834, the fort came under the British rule after they captured Coorg.
Today the fort is the site of the Municipal Headquarters of Coorg. However, it still retains some of its previous charm. It is visible from just about all the resorts in Madikeri and is circular in shape. Two beautiful elephants cut out of rock guard the entrance. It has a hexagonal palace built by Immadi Lingaraja Odeyar, the Department of Archaeology’s museum, and a church that was built in 1855 and has now been converted into a museum. While trekking is an adventurous way to reach this fort, if you are travelling with younger kids, you could also head to the hill station via road. The view from the fort is also spectacular. Don’t forget to carry a picnic lunch so that you can continue sightseeing in Madikeri and at the same time, enjoy its lush landscape.
Other things to see in Madikeri
Madikeri has a lot more to see than only its fort. Check out these top places to visit in Coorg with Family
• Raja’s Seat
• Raja’s Tombs
• Abbey Falls
You will find a number of shops selling souvenirs and freshly-made spices as well as the family-friendly Club Mahindra resort in Madikeri. You could also go on a trek with family or on a tour amongst the lovely plantations. Also, explore the peaceful village named suntikoppa in Coorg and learn more about culture of Coorg with family.
Best Time To Visit Madikeri
Winters in Madikeri are the best as the climate is pleasant and cool. Since Coorg is a hill station, the summers here are perfect for those who want to escape the heat of the city. For nature lovers, the place is a paradise during the monsoons as the trees are lush and green due to the rains.
How To Reach Madikeri
The nearest cities to Madikeri are Mysore (Mysuru) and Mangalore (Mangaluru) that are 120km and 136km away respectively. The nearest airport is in Mangalore while the nearest railway stations are at Hassan and Kasaragod. If you are traveling by road, you may take the Karnataka State Highway 88 from Mysore.
Where To Stay In Madikeri
One of the best resorts in Madikeri is the Club Mahindra Madikeri Resort. The resort is built in traditional Kodagu style and is located within the lap of lush plantations while being surrounded by majestic mountains. It offers a number of fun activities for everyone in the family. Some of these include river rafting, soft rope activities, coffee plantation tours, board and video games and a whole lot more! Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra and have a pleasant and memorable stay at Madikeri Coorg resort, Karnataka. Don’t forget to book your tickets early to Madikeri and have an enjoyable trip as you visit one of the most impressive landmarks of Madikeri history with your family. Also, read honest Club Mahindra reviews by our happy members.