Madikeri is a hill station town in Karnataka state. It is the headquarters of the district of Kodagu (also called Coorg). It is a popular tourist destination. Kodagu is known for its coffee, mist and its people. The Kodavas were the earliest agriculturists in Kodagu, having lived there for centuries. Being a warrior community as well, they carried arms during times of war and had their own chieftains.
Madikeri was formerly known as 'Muddu raja keri', it means means Mudduraja's town, was named after the prominent Haleri king, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu from 1633 to 1687.
Raja Seat, Madikeri Fort, St. Mark's Church, Omkareshwar Temple and Abbey Falls are prominent tourists spots.
Madikeri fort is located in the very heart of the city and some of the old buildings are now used as district offices. There are some statues and other tourist attractions inside the fort.
Two members of the legislative assembly are elected from Kodagu to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, one each from the Madikeri and Virajpet. Appachu (Ranjan) from BJP is the current MLA of Madikeri and he defeated B.A Jivijaya of JDS.