Set in the lap of nature, Rourkela has come into prominence
with the establishment of the first of the three public sector steel
plants set up in India in 1955. Situated in the minerally rich belt of
Orissa, Rourkela marked a new era in the Steel Industry of India being the
only steel plant devoted primarily to the production of flat products and
Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundargarh. It is the most convenient base for visiting other interesting places in Sundargarh district.
The Indira Gandhi Park
The Indira Gandhi Park is one of the important places of attraction and a pleasing site for pastime amusement in the city of Rourkela. Adjacent to the Ring Road this park covers acres of 42 acres of land in Sector - 4. The lush green hedge, an attractive grass meadow and the gardens full of varieties of seasonal flowers are a characteristic feature of this park.
In addition the monument stands at height of 10m, Fountain garden, Japanese garden, Rose garden and beautiful picnic spot attract the public in large number. There is also a mini train for the children. The zoo is also enjoyable.
The Hanuman Batika in the centre of the city of the city is also an added attraction. A 75-feet tall full-fledged Hanuman statue welcomes the visitors to the steel city of Rourkela. Sri Laxmana Swami was the great architect who has made this magnificent image. The Hanuman Vatika Trust Board has made a beautiful Temple complex on 13 acres of Land.
The Bata Mangala Mandira, Binayaka Mandira and Manas Parayana Sharala have been established to the entrance of the Hanuman Vatika. The Kaila Baikuntha, the kitchen, the Kalyan Mandap and the Bhajan Mandap lie close to the Jagannath temple. The Gate of the temple is beautifully decorated with statues who watch the temple.
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Sankha and Koel, Vedavyas is not only a place of natural beauty but also considered a 'Tirtha', a place of religious sanctity. A Vedic Ashram and a school on the lines of Gurukula Ashram are the added attractions of the place. An ideal picnic spot, it is 5-km from Panposh.
Mandira Dam (28-km)
There is a dam at Mandira, which offers boating facilities. It is 28-km from Rourkela and one may stay in the Mandira Guest House. The SAIL authorities of Rourkela have constructed a huge reservoir for Fishing-culture. There are boating facilities also available in the reservoir. This reservoir supplies water to the R.S.P. in summer.
Situated on National Highway No.23, Darjeeng is a beautiful place on the river Brahmani, ideal for picnickers. 2-km away, approachable on foot is Deodarha, a gorge on the river.
About 180-km from Rourkela, Junagarh has a fort of historical and archaeological importance with ancient caves.
Mirig Jhog Waterfall (111-km)
Another haunt of the tourists is the Mirig Jhog Waterfall, a picnic spot, 111-km from Rourkela.
The 244m high Khandadhar is the loveliest waterfall in Orissa. 114-km from Rourkela via Bonaigarh, it offers a delightful refreshing sight.
47-km from Sundargarh, the rock-cut caves of Ushakothi contain some pictographic writings, which are yet to be deciphered.
Tensa that lies at distance of 110-km from Rourkela is marked for the beauty of the distance hills that attracts the attention of the passers by.
HOW TO GET THERE
Rourkela has direct trains from New Delhi , Calcutta , Bombay , Chennai, Bokaro, Tata, Ahmedabad , Cuttack, Bhubaneswar , Sambalpur and Puri .
Rourkela is 470-km from Bhubaneswar and 192-km from Sambalpur by road.
WHERE TO STAY
HOTELS & REST HOUSES
OTDC's Panthanivas, Rourkela
Bharat Rest House
FOR MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION
Tourist Office, Tel: 507337, Gram: ORISSATOUR
Tourist Counter, Rourkela Railway Station, Tel: 522076.
Mirig Khog Waterfall: 111-km
Khandadhar Waterfall: 114-km via Bonaigarh