5 km from Paralakhemundi towards Gumma below the forest of Deva Giri is located the Adarsh Krushi Farm. Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati founded it as the member of Royal Agricultural Commission, which is presently one of the key interests in the tourism industry of Gajapati especially because of the immaculate freshness of the surrounding area. Presently the hybrid varieties of plants are brought and planted on the agricultural firm on an experimental basis. The Adarsh Krushi Farm has now converted into a mango orchard where a variety of hybrid mangoes are grown.
Brundavan Palace, made by the Gajapati king for their recreation during the leisurely summer, surrounded by the thick teak trees on the bank of Mahendratanaya, in the recent times constitute to be one of the important sites in the tourism of Gajapati. The chief attraction about the palace is the structural pattern and the beautiful fabrications and the artistic tapestry around the palace building. The three storeyed palaces with an underground floor, which is directly connected with the main chamber of the king represents the traditional building patterns and the interior decorations were in practice during that period. The key interest in the tourism industry of Gajapati, the Brundavan Palace is now maintained by the Government in Education Department. The P.G classes of the S.K.C.G College are held in the building and the administrative office of the IGNOU, Orissa has its functioning body in the building. The place is ideal as a picnic spot especially during the winter.
The health resort of Serango is significant in the tourism industry of Gajapati especially because of its scenic beauty and the historical significance of the place. Serango murmurs the historical "Paik unrest" during the British imperialism in India. For the immaculate freshness surrounding it, Serango is considered as an important health resort. Serango is popular with he name of "Kashmir of Gajapati" in the tourism industry.
Mahendragiri is a pilgrim center, 4500 ft above the sea level. It is the temple of the presiding god of Gajapati, Lord shiva. It is visited by a vast chunk of tourist including the pilgrims during the occasion of Mahashivaratri. The tourism, though centers round the Mahendragiri temple, the historical relics that are found in plenty in the surrounding regions of the Mahendragiri temple are no less important. The temple of Kuni, Judhisthir and Bheema are located at the hilltop are also of profound interest, offered by the tourism industry of Gajapati.
Among the other sites of worth seeing, mention may be made of Gandahati, the famous waterfall, surrounded by the dense forest. Tourist arrives here throughout the year. Chandragiri, locally known as the Tibetan colony is another important center in the tourism industry of Gajapati. The scenic beauty of the place is mainly due to the horticulture cultivation adopted by the Government. The cultural activities of the Tibetans are an added attraction to the exquisite beauty of the place. The irrigation project and the Pisciculture, which is in operation in the recent times with the government intervention, have made the place an ideal picnic spot specially during the winter.
However the tourism industry of Gajapati has a lot to offer to the visitors, throughout the year.
(Last Updated on : 28-10-2014)
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