June 20, 2009

Raja's Tomb (Gaddige), Madikeri (Coorg)


Raja's tomb a.k.a. Gaddige is one of the most important places in Madikeri, Coorg. This is important for both history lovers as well as for natural lovers, as this monument is located at a place from where you can get a commanding view of one part of Madikeri city.

Raja's tomb is located at around 1.5 km towards north of Madikeri city. You may have to hire a taxi to reach this place.

There are three structures in this complex. The monument was built in Indo-Sarcenic style in 1820 CE. The Indo-Sarcenic style appears to be popular during that period. The tombs are in the style of Muhammadan edifices with domes in the center and turrets at the angles.


Two main tombs, one of King Veera Rajendra and his wife, another of his brother Linga Rajendra, which mark the place’s significance are located in the central structure. You can find Shiva Linga symbols in the tomb, as the King was a Hindu. This is something different, which cannot be found in any other tomb in India, as most of the tombs belong to the Muslim kings. The tombs of king’s priest and the two army commanders are located in the surrounding structures. There is a plaque in the name of General Biddanda Bopu, which calls the remembrance of the brave General who fought against Tipu Sultan.

When you visit Coorg, please do visit this important place to enjoy the nature and monumental beauty. Let me post more interesting places of Coorg. Till then...

Happy Travelling.



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5 comments:

  1. Very nice to visit your post for the first time. I would certainly plan to visit Karnataka next year, since this year I have decided to visit Kerala viz. Poovaar & Ashtamudi. Do you have anything to guide me and my wife, both sr. citizens?
    Mangesh Nabar

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  2. Thanks a lot for quick response. We have booked our stay with Club Mahindra resort in Poovaar & Ashtamudi for 3 days each. We have planned to visit Kanyakumaari from Poovaar. We will be looking for other nearbye places. Thanks again.
    Mangesh Nabar

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  3. Thank you once again for your valuable info. I have noted your suggestion for the visit to Padmanabhpuram and Thirparappu waterfalls.How far it is from Poovaar?
    We will be also spending 4 days in Ashtamoodi. Can you please guide the nearbye places to visit.I am happy that I found a very good friend.Regards.
    Mangesh Nabar

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  4. It is strange to not that Hindu rajas rest in tombs!

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  5. no doubt this tomb is unique with a shiva lingam with in

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