Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM ,
Saturday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM ,
Sunday: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
Madikeri Fort was built in the last quarter of the 17th century by Muddu Raja. Originally made of mud, this fort was rebuilt in granite by Tippu Sultan, who rechristened it as Jaffarabad. Later in 1812-1814, the fort was reconstructed in mortar and brick by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II. Today, the palace inside the fort serves as the office of district collector.
The palace features a stone formation of a tortoise, which has initials of King Vijayarajendra engraved on it. The north-east corner of the entrance of the palace is marked by two life-sized stone replicas of the royal elephants that were killed by King Veera Raja. Towards the south-east corner, visitors can find a church that was built by British in 1855.
Built in gothic style, this Anglican Church is known as the St. Mark's Church, which has been converted into a museum by the Archaeological Department. The museum houses historical artefacts, along with a section dedicated to Field Marshal Cariappa. Besides museum, this fort also houses a district prison, the Kote Maha Ganapathi Temple and the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library.