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The steel city of Odisha is a planned city of Odisha to its North. The name Rour-kela originates from the local language of Sadri which means "Your Village".



The history of Rourkela is intertwined with India’s first public sector steel plant. The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) set up the plant in the 1960’s with the help of German conglomerate Krupp and Demag. Since then the city has kept with modernization and grown to become Odisha’s one of the most well planned and picturesque city. As a whole Rourkela is perfect confluence of a city living and a nature retreat. The city has been selected as smart city in the third phase of smart city list on 20 September 2016.    

Being a hilly terrain, the city is dotted with luscious forests, waterfalls and creeks which makes it a great destination for being in the wilderness.     

See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Rourkela. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!

Top Attractions

Get enraptured by a myriad of tourist attractions in Rourkela ranging from modern monuments to scenic landscape. Scroll the list below to continue unravelling the secrets of Odisha

Top Experiences

Below is our low-down on the must try activities and experiences in and around Rourkela. Plan your stay to coincide with some of these events to get completely entrenched in the culture and heritage of Odisha. We assure you that the below list will leave you Odisha Amazed!

Hanuman Vatika

Hanuman Vatika, or the garden belonging of Lord Hanuman, houses one of the tallest statue of Hanuman. The recently built statue is top draw tourist attraction of the city.

Vedvyas Temple

Dedicated to the author of the epic Mahabharata, sage Vedvyas, is a popular tourist place of the Steel City. According to local folklore- the famous sage had visited the site on which the present day temple is built.

Vaishnodevi Temple

In the nearby hills of Rourkela, Vaishnodevi Temple sits perched on top of a picturesque hill and attracts many devotees and tourists.

Getting There

Essentials Cheat Sheet

Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Rourkela ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Rourkela.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Rourkela in a matter of hours. We have found 2 such places close to Rourkela that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!


There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

Trails/ Packages Covering Rourkela

Like what you see? Looking to have a well-rounded experience in Odisha? Presenting a list of some curated, pre-packaged tours covering some of the most coveted destinations in Odisha. Browse and see details of the trail/package which interests you the most. Reach out to the Department of Tourism (DoT) recognized travel agents, who are here to provide you with some memorable experiences and moments.

Find a Travel Agent

Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!

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