The Gajapati palace of Paralakhemundi and Brundaban Palace are located at Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district, and 237 km from Bhubaneswar. It has placed on the riverbank of the Mahendratanaya River. The palace was built by Gajapati ruler Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati. According to history, that construction began during the reign of Paralakhemundi. The Gajapati Palace enhances the beauty of the state. The concept of building the sight was finalized on 20 May 1835. The palace was built for the permanent residence of the Gajapati rulers of the Ganga dynasty in Paralakhemundi.
The King Palace is known for its rich culture among the world heritages, British architect Robert Fellows Chisholm was responsible for the design and construction of this royal fort. The fort is influenced by the Indo-Saracenic style combined with Byzantine and European architectural features. This palace is a 3-storey structure that has a secret hall and a subversive passageway that links to the chief citadel of the Maharaja. The palace includes an underground floor connecting it with the main Palace of the Maharaja. It is believed that this secret passage was used by the royal family to hide during attacks from enemies.
A stunning wood let is also situated close to Brundaban Palace. While entering the Singhadwar (the main gate) two reclining lions statues are seen on both sides over two raised platforms. A huge eye-catching decorative iron gate stands anchored in between two round shaped tall minarets known as Gombuja. A Large mounted metal bell is situated at the main entrance to be struck manually by a heavy wooden mallet for indicating accurate hourly time to the Raj Palace. The gilt decorated walls and intricate wooden trellis-worked Durbar Hall is the main attraction of the King Palace.
It is an excellent piece of art to experience. Durbar Hall is located in the middle of the palace and consists of Raja Mahal and Rani Mahal (the two main wings of the Gajapati Palace). The construction is so symmetrical that if one stands on the centre line of the place and makes a comparison of both the wings. It is found that one half appears to be exactly the mirror image of the other half. (Source)(Source)