About the Palace
Parlakhemundi was the capital of the Gajapati kings and was once known for its grandeur. The Gajapati Palace stands till now but it needs urgent repair work. The current King Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo was a Member of Parliament during the 9th & 10th sessions of the Lok Sabha
The desire of the current king to convert the palace into a heritage hotel and museum is still awaiting final sanctions. Nevertheless the palace carries a rich legacy. Gajapati as a district was carved out of Ganjam district through the efforts of Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo.
The late King Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo is remembered for his contribution towards establishing Odisha as a separate province and inclusion of Parlakhemundi estate to Odisha. He was the first Prime Minister of Odisha when it separated from the Bengal and became an independent province in 1936.The Gajapati district is named after him.
The palace was constructed in 1835 by British architect Robert Fellows Chisholm. The palace is a delectable blend of Indo-Saracenic style combined with Byzantine and European architectural features. The features bore striking resemblance to the Buckingham Palace. The double-storey palace has around eighty well-ventilated rooms with spacious courtyards.
Amongst the distinguishing features of the Palace was the-large mounted metal bell located at the entrance. The palace’s centre of attraction is the stately Durbar Hall, consisting two main wings—Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal. Council meetings and royal functions were held in the Durbar Hall.
The palace, which symbolizes cultural centre of the state, had a min-zoo and a row of garages for Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz and other luxurious cars during its heydays. Much of about the current state of the palace is unknown. However it remains an important symbol of Odisha.
Parlakhemundi acts as a junction enroute to Mahendragiri peak from either Taptapani or Berhampur. Mahendragiri is 56 KM , 71 KM and 80 KM from Parlakhemundi, Taptapani and Berhampur respectively.