Located in a beautiful hill station - Madikeri, Gaddige Raja’s Tomb is the mortal remains of Kodavas Royalty. Built in 1820 in Indo-Saracenic style architecture, this beautiful structure is on edge of hilltop of town. Lord Shiva is placed inside the tomb and worshipped because the king was Hindu. Also known as Raja’s Tomb, it is a popular tourist destination and thousands of tourists visit this tomb as it is easy to get here.
Gaddige Raja’s Tomb has three tombs built for royal dynasty. The central tomb is largest among other three tombs and is of Kodava King Doddaveerarajendra and his wife Mahadeviamma. The left was built in 1834 AD and belongs to Veerarajendra’s guru Rudrappa. Furthermore, the right tomb was built in 1820 AD and was built for Lingarajendra by his son - Chikkaveerarajendra.
Built in Muhammadan style, Gaddige Raja’s Tomb has turrets at corner and tombs at center. There are Nandi figures on top of corners and tombs have carvings too. The other places to visit near this site are Basaveshwara Temple, Muttapa Temple, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Honnamana Kere. Tourists can reach here by road, air or train. If coming by road, SH27 leads to Gaddige, also there are government and private buses.