Tourist Spots in Rourkela [Odisha, India]


Rourkela is popularly known as The Steel City of Odisha (Orissa). It is also called as ‘Ispat Nagar’ in the Bengali language.  It is one of the largest steel plants in India. The Smart city is located in Sundargarh district on the northern border of the state. Rourkela is the perfect destination, where one can take a break from drudgery daily monotony & simply rejuvenate. Geographical location of this town is totally interesting. This beautiful city is covered by various parks, Sparkling Rivers, lakes, temples and dense forest. Rourkela Steel Plant was established in 1955, after the establishment of the first three steel plants of India. This steel plant works under SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited). Rourkela Steel city is the biggest source of economy in Odisha and India also.

Location Map of Rourkela

Location Map of Rourkela

Rourkela is a good place, where one can visit attractive places with a Low budget. Here in this post, I have prepared a full list of tourist spots in Rourkela. Read this article from beginning to end to know about the best tourist spots in Rourkela, Sundargarh.

Best Tourist Spots in Rourkela

Best tourist spots in Rourkela

Best Tourist Visiting Places in Rourkela:

  1. Hanuman Vatika,
  2. Vaishno Devi Temple,
  3. Harishankar Falls,
  4. Green Park,
  5. Khandadhar Falls,
  6. Vedavyas, Badaghagra Falls,
  7. Barehipani Falls,
  8. Darjeeng,
  9. Ushakothi,
  10. Joranda Falls,
  11. Mrig Vihar,
  12. Hatipathar Falls,  these all are the major tourist attraction of Rourkela.

Which is the best time to Visit in Rourkela?

Winter is the best time to visit this destination because this time you can easily communicate with all places. You can also visit on the day of the occasions which I have mentioned below.

Major Festivals:

Diwali, Dusserha, Viswakarma Puja, Doal Purnima these all are the popular occasion of Rourkela.

Now I am going to describe all the above mention destination and best Tourist spots in Rourkela shortly. Keep reading…..

Hanuman Vatika:

Hanuman Vatika in Rourkela

The site is popularly known as the heart of Rourkela. Hanuman Vatika is located in the middle of the town. The 75 feet long idol of Lord Hanuman is the main attraction of this place. It is considered as one of the longest idols in India, built by Sri Lakshman Swami of Hyderabad. Every year on 23 February it celebrates its birthday. This temple surrounded by beautiful garden and decorated by the instruction of Chief Minister, the late Biju Patnaik of Orrisa.

Vaishno Devi Temple:

Vaishno Devi Temple in rourkela

The holy temple is located on the top of a small hill in Rourkela. The temple is dedicated to Maa Kali. Vaishno Devi is another name of Kali Mata. The structure of this temple as same as Jammu Vaishno Devi temple. The temple construction was completed in 2003. Navaratri and Diwali are the main occasions of this place. Others temple inside the premises are Maa Saraswati, Maa Lakshmi, Maa Durga etc.

Harishankar Falls:

Harishankar Falls in Rourkela

The falls are falling down from a great height on the southern slope of Gandhamardhan hill. It is considered as an ideal picnic spot of Rourkela. The temple of Harishankar is located very close to this waterfall. The temple is dedicated god both Hari and Shankar. The scenic beauty of this place always attracts huge numbers of visitors.

Khandadhar Falls:

Khandadhar Falls in Rourkela

Khandadhar Falls is the highest waterfall in Orrisa and fourth highest in India. Korapani Nala is the best creation of Khandadhar falls, which is one of the important source of water in Rourkela. The Nala is surrounded by dense forest.


Vedavyas Temple

This place is highly related to the mythology. It is believed that Vedavyas is the place where Maharishi Vyas wrote “Mahabharata”. It is located at the meeting point of Rivers Shankha, koel and  Saraswati. Other attractions of this site are Vedic Ashram and Vedic cave.

Badaghagra Falls:

Badaghagra Falls

Badaghagra Falls is built over the Ghaghara River. The waterfalls are falling down from a height of 200 feet. This site is the great attraction for tourists and provides numerous facilities such as trekking and hiking.

Barehipani Falls:

Barehipani Falls

Barehipani Falls is located in the middle of the Simpal National Park and originates from Budhabalanga River. The waterfalls are falling down from a height of 399 metres.


Darjeeng Park

Darjeeng is located on the bank of River Brahmani. This site is well known as an ideal picnic spot in Orissa.


Ushakothi- Wildlife sanctuary

The smallest sanctuary of Orissa is known as Ushakothi. It is also popular as Badrama sanctuary. The sanctuary covers an area of around 130 square kilometres. This sanctuary fulfils with the various floras and faunas. Major flora of this sanctuary is Sandalwood, sal, neem, casuarinas, Arjun and acacia. Tourist can also see the various faunas such as leopards, panthers, elephants, tigers, sloth, gaur, chital, sambar, nilgai etc. The sanctuary also provides rest house for the travellers.

Joranda Falls:

Joranda Falls is located very close to the Badrama sanctuary. It is falling down from a height of 150 metres.

Mrig Vihar:

Mrig Vihar is the house of numerous deer. It is a great attraction and located near famous Jubilee Park of Jharkhand. The scenic beauty and musical functions of this place always attract many travellers from different places.

Hatipathar Falls:

Hatipathar Falls are originated from Nagavali River and flows through a deep cut valley. The name of the waterfall is a combination of two names, Hathi and Pathar. The word Hathi means elephant and Pathar means a boulder. The waterfalls are falling down from a good height.


Junagarh house is an ancient fort, which provides the information about the history and archaeology of Rourkela. It is located at a distance of 4 kilometres from Hemagiri. This site has a lot’s of caves which attracts every history lovers.

If you love adventure, so friends don’t waste your time and visit all amazing places in Rourkela, which I have already mentioned.

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Thank you….. 

Hanuman Vatika
Vaishno Devi Temple
Harishankar Falls
Badrama sanctuary
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