Gajapati district has been named after Maharaja Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deb, the Ex-Raja Sahib of Paralakhemundi estate (the 1st Prime Minister of Odisha State), who is remembered for his contribution in formation of a separate Orissa province and inclusion of Paralakhemundi estate in Odisha.


Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo, Maharaja of Paralakhemundi was the direct descendant of the historic dynasty of the Gajapati kings ruled Orissa for more than seven centuries.During the regime of these kings, the boundaries of Odisha extended from the Ganga in the North to Udayagiri in Nellore district in the South. Kolahomee, one of the sons of Kapilendra Deo, the Gajapati king of Odisha in the later half of the 15th Century came to this part of Paralakhemundi (then in Ganjam district) and founded the Raj family of Paralakhemundi.

Besides Government accommodation like (Circuit House, R&B I.B, Minor Irrigation I.B) there are also private rest houses/hotels & restaurants at Paralakhemundi.


How to reach there?

There is no major rail/road communication to this district. One narrow gauge railway route from Naupada (Andhra Pradesh) to Gunupur (Rayagada district of Odisha) constructed in the year 1889 by the Maharaja of Paralakhemundi, spending Rs.99.00 lakhs from his exchequers. It covers 93 kms of the district.
The length of the State Highway is 125.05 kilometers; major district road is 167.61 kilometers in the district.


Fairs and Festivals

Gajapati District has a rich culture and heritage. Almost all the streets of Paralakhemundi are having public library, Matha/Temple of God & Goddess. A number of festivals are being organized in the district each year. The famous among those are -
Rath Yatra (Car Festival) (during Asadha Sukla Dwitiya) at – Parlakhemundi, Kasinagar, Jeerango, Narayanpur, Mohana, Chandragiri, R.Udayagiri, Ramagiri, Chelligoda, Mandal Sahi, Jeerango, Rayagada, Garabandha and Gurandi.
Dusherra, Kumar Purnima (during Aswina)/ Thakurani Yatra (during Chaitra)/ Pongal (Bhogi & Makar) during Magha celebrated here with much pomp & gaiety.