The humongous 19th century Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses the town prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices. It was originally built as a mud fort by the Haleri Kings. It was later demolished and rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. In 1834, the British seized the fort and also had it renovated. There are two magnificent mortar elephants, built life-size at the grand entrance of the fort. Inside the fort is a church, now converted into a museum; it displays a variety of relics dating back to the 19th century. Madikeri fort is an architectural wonder and has several viewing points that offer a breathtaking view of the city below.