Madhugiri, or Maddagiri as it was called earlier, is located about 43 km north of Tumkur
town. Madhugiri is famous for its giant rock overlooking the town and the fort nestling in its steep slopes. The giant rock is the second largest monolith of Asia. This monolith and the surrounding greenery of Madhugiri are the main attractions. The fort features three magnificent gateways called Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysore Gate. The place has old temples of Venkataramanaswami and Malleshwara built by the Vijayanagara feudatories in the Dravidian style. 19 km away from here is another hill fort called Midigeshi which is also worth seeing.