Raja’s tomb aka 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. 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 Shiv linga in the tomb, as the King was a Hindu. This is something different, which cannot be found in other tombs in India, as most of the tombs belong to 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…