Gajapati district has been named after Maharaja Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deb, who was the Ex-Raja Sahib of Paralakhemundi estate and the 1st Prime Minister of Orissa State, again who is remembered for his contribution in formation of a separate Odiya Speaking Area as Orissa province and inclusion of Paralakhemundi estate in Orissa. Gajapati district has come into effect from 2nd October 1992. Priorly it was a Sub-Division of Ganjam district.
Gandahati WaterFall:It situated at about 30 kms. from Paralakhemundi. There is a waterfall surrounded by the dense forest. Wild elephants come to the upper side of this waterfall to bath/drink water. There is a beautiful temple near the waterfall. Tourists/people from far and near visit the place for picnic throughout the season.
Paralakhemundi :King's Palace and Beautiful Town.
Mahendragiri:Mahendragiri Hill lies in Parlakhemundi in the Gajapati district. This is a favourite desitination of numerous trekkers who can, on a good day, sight elephants, spotted dear and even leopards. A pilgrim Center situated about 4, 500 ft. above the sea level. People from all walks of lives throng to this place during Maha Shiva Ratri. It is a location of many historical relics and a place of religious importance.
Taptapani: It is situated at a distance of 54 km. from Berhampur and is famous hot sulphur spring surrounded by natural sceneries.