COORG MADIKERI FORT, PALACE441 Dickerson Pike Nashville, TN 37207
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Built on high grounds with a unique blend of traditional and modern styles of architecture, the Madikeri Fort looms large over the town. Built during the reign of the Haleri Kings, it was rebuilt in the early 19′ century.
In the centre of the Fort is the palace which presently houses various government offices. At the entrance of the palace stand beautifully sculptured horses holding up the balcony on the entrance wall. Built in European style, the palace is said to have secret underground routes. At several prominent places, the initial of king Virarajendra ‘V has been etched. As a mark of regret for the brutal killing of the royal elephant by king Viraraja, stone replicas of two mighty elephants are erected to the left of the palace.
The fort also hous es a Ganesha Temple, a Chapel and museum that display several royal antiques like weapons, idols, canons, stone carvings etc.