Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. It’s is 45 kms away from Madikeri via Napoklu in Kakkabe. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. Nalknad palace was the last refuge of the last king of Coorg, Chikka Veerarajendra before he was deposed by the British.
The palace has 2 levels and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture. According to history after escaping from Tippu sultan’ s troops Dodda Viraraja (Doddavirarajendra) built this palace at Yavakapadi in Nalknad area. Dodda Viraraja married Mahadevammaji in this palace itself.
In order to prevent major losses, the king had to surrender and the British deposed him to Benares. With this, Kodagu came under the direct rule of the British and Chikka Veerarajendra remained as the last king of Kodagu.The Nalknad palace is a protected monument under the guidance of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka.
Sat, 28 Jan 2012