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Fort and Larg Masonry Elephants - Mercara

DISTRICT: Coorg (Kodagu);
TALUK: Mercara
LOCALITY: Mercara (Madkeri) (Lat. 12° 25' N; Long. 75° 40' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru;
RAILWAY STATION: Mysore;
BUS-STATlON: Mercara

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The fort at Madikeri appears to have been built of mud during the time of Coorg Rajas and later on rebuilt in granite after it was captured by Tipu Sultan who named it as Jaffarabad. The fort built on an elevated spot is an imposing structure. On plan the fort is an irregular hexagon, almost conforming to the shape of the hill top. There are six circular bastions at the angles. The entrance on the east is intricate and guarded by three successive gates. Inside the fort to the north are two stately life size elephants made of mortar. Presently the palace houses State Government offices and court building while the library and P.W.D. offices are accommodated inside the fort. An imposing church of the nineteenth Century situated at the south-east corner is a State Protected Monument now converted into a museum maintained by the State Department of Archaeology.