This is a walk in the heart of Muddu Rajana Keri a.k.a Madikeri, the capital of Coorg. Learn about the warrior community, the locals of Coorg. Men from this clan are known for their bravery and have played an important role in the Indian army, their contribution dating all the way back to the World Wars. You’ll start your exploration with a Palace that was inspired from an English hunting lodge, continue with a walk through the heart of the town, learning along the way about the war memorials to the colonial homes and ending at… Well, let’s leave that as a surprise! The only thing that’s going to remain as a mystery is, how does this warrior community, native to Coorg, have roots tracing back to Greece?!
Why you will love it
- Important history lessons on Madikeri’s royal past
- Lessons about the Kodavas and their contributions to the Indian army
- Recapturing vignettes from Madikeri’s colonial days
What you will experience
The tour begins from in the heart of town where the Madikeri palace lies within the precincts of Madikeri Fort, which was first commissioned by Muddu Raja of the Haleri kingdom. Tipu Sultan, who held it briefly in the late 17th century, had the simple mud fort converted into a more robust one with the stone. In 1834 the British wrested the fort from Tipu. Our wanderings in the fort area bring us to the Church of St. Marks which also features a small museum with Raj-era artefacts.
We will stop by the North Coorg Club, a colonial-days establishment, which was the hub of social activities for the English planters back in the days of the Raj. Our next stop is at the WW II memorial where we will learn about the Kodavas and their bravery. Stopping at the main roundabout at the statue of Field Marshal Belliappa we will learn more about the contributions about the Kodavas to the contribution to the Indian Army. Our tour ends at the 18th century Omkareshwara Temple, which can easily be mistaken for a mosque.