Built in the 17th century, the Madikeri Fort was restructured by Tipu Sultan. During the second re-construction the fort was augmented with granite. So from a mud fort it became a granite fort. The fort is situated atop a hill.
When Muddu Raja built the fort initially, the king also built a palace inside the fort. Also called Jaffarabad, the fort has changed hands. It was administered by many prominent kings and administrators throughout its illustrious history.
Although the fort is not, the palace inside it is built using European architecture. The palace is said to house clandestine underground routes, and is one of the intriguing places to visit in Coorg. Visiting this palace is like visiting a European palace. Horse statues flank the entrance to the palace. Some parts of the fort were reserved for prisons. You can visit these forbidden places that once housed trespassers, traitors and enemies.
There is a small museum here. The British built a chapel here in 1834. The museum is located in this chapel. 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.
A public library on location houses interesting historical books. There are also government offices in the venue. Visiting the Madikeri Fort is an eye-opener. It portrays the rich cultural heritage of the Kodagu region.