Due to its agro-climatic conditions, Gajapati gains a large amount of its revenue through the agricultural sector. Also agro-processing and horticulture industries add to the economic wealth of this region.
Among a wide array of sightseeing spots, Adarsh Krushi Farm, Brundaban Palace, Serango, Gandahati, Mahendragiri and Chandragiri are of prime interest in Gajapati.
The district of Gajapati was formed out of the district of Ganjam on 2nd October, 1992. The district spreads over the geographical coordinates of 18.45 degrees to 19.40 degree East latitude and 85.48 degree to 84.27 degree North longitude. The small district derives its name from Maharaja Sri Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deb who was the former king of the princely state of Paralakhemundi and the first prime minster of Odisha.
Gajapati is inhabited by tribal people who reside in the mountainous regions of the district. 2,351.11 square kilometers of land area is covered with forests. Only 446.12 square kilometers of the total forested area have been declared as reserve forest. The tribal people derive various forest products from the wooded forest of Gajapati. Patala Garuda, Timber, Hill Broom, B. Kaliakhali, Genduli gum, Dhatuki flowers, Bamboo, Kochila seeds, Marsinga leaf, Siali leaves and Kathalai are some of the products yielded by the forests of the region. The district is yet to achieve a growth in the industrial sector. Only a few agro based small scale industries are present in the district. A part of the hilly terrain is under cultivation.
Although the Gajapati district was a part of the well developed district of Ganjam, the infrastructure of the district is yet under developed. A low rate of literacy prevails in the district of Gajapati.
Last Updated on : 8 July 2013