Shorapur also known as Surapur is the taluk headquarter of the same name situated about 110 km south of Gulbarga and about 500 km north of Bangalore. The Muslims rulers changed the place name from Surapur to Shorapur. The place has historical importance too in the history of freedom movement. After the fall of the Vijayanagara it was the capital of the line of the Nayakas of Surpur (1636-1858) known for their gallantry. The place came to limelight during the period of First War of Independence when Raja Venkatappa Nayaka of Surapura boldly revolted against the British rule in February 1858. The place is situated on a strategic point from the defense point of view surrounded by hill ranges; and the fortification round it and tall, gateways impress the visitor.Among the objects of interest of the place, the splendid temple dedicated to Gopalswamy built by the Nayakas of Surapur attracts devotees throughout the year. It is situated on an elevated place with steps leading to it, and rows of turret-like niches with images installed in them and are built in a line on the sides of the roof top. It is in post-Vijayanagara style with tall stone pillars.