This splendid fort was built in the 17th century by Muddu Raja with mud. Later on it was reconstructed by Tipu Sultan using granite and in the 18th century, Linga Rajendra II rebuilt it with brick and mortar. The most attractive feature of the fort is two huge masonry elephants at the entrance. The fort is blessed with exemplary architecture and archaeological significance. The fort premises also houses a temple, prison, chapel, museum and government offices. The fort offers breathtaking views of the entire hill town of Madikeri.