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Rourkela is also a planned city in the state of Odisha and is the third urban agglomeration in the state. It is a beautiful city nicely decorated by the range of hills and also the rivers which enhance the beauty of the city even more. The city is also popularly known as Ispat Nagar and also as the Steel City of Odisha because of being home to one of the largest steel plants in India. The city is in its development phase and will soon become a smart city as chosen in the smart city list of 2016.

Places to visit in Rourkela

Harishankar Falls

The Harishankar Falls is simply a majestic travel destination which you would fall in love with if you visit this place. The gushing strength of the waters will simply take away your breath helping you witness the immense power of nature.


This place is quite a famous tourist spot particularly for picnics. Here you can easily spot people spending quality time with their family creating unforgettable memories.

Barehipani Falls

Being the second highest waterfall, the Barehipani Falls is located on the banks of the river Budhabalanga. The height of this waterfall is around 399 m and seeing a perpetual flow of water falling from this height is simply a phenomenal experience altogether.

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Ushakothi which is also known as the Badrama sanctuary is known for its wide variety of animals. Here you can easily spot leopards, elephants, tigers, Nilgais. For someone who loves nature, this place is no less than heaven in every possible aspect.

Joranda Falls

The Joranda Falls is yet another important tourist destination which is an absolute must visit. The charm of this place is out and out amazing in each and every aspect.

Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium

This place has been known for having friendly matches as well as tournaments throughout the year. And what is really interesting to know is the fact that the overall maintenance of this stadium has been taken care of by SAIL.

Events and festivals in & around Rourkela

Dola Purnima

Hey did you know that Dola Purnima’s other name is Holi. Yes, it is the festival of Holi which we are talking about when we say Dola Purnima. And just like any other major festival, this festival is also quite famous throughout the country and is also celebrated with great zeal in the state of Orissa as well. In the puranas as well there is a mention of this festival and was known as the Basantotsaba meaning the spring festival.

Viswakarma Puja

The Viswakarma Puja is dedicated to the divine engineers and on this festival, especially the engineers lay special attention this festival offering their prayers. This festival is celebrated on Kanya Sankranti Day and after that follows the Ganesh Puja. And especially in Rourkela, this festival is celebrated with great gusto.

Maha Shivaratri

Yet another magnificent festival, the Shivaratri is particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva himself and is celebrated on the occasion of his marriage with Maa Parvati. However, once every year in the month of February marks the month when comes the Maha Shivaratri which means the “great night of Lord Shiva.” This is a must experience event or you can say a festival.

Best time to visit Rourkela

Planning a trip to Rourkela? If yes then the best time to visit this amazing city would be from the months of October to March. During this time, the weather is quite suitable, especially for tourism to visit and explore this city.

How to reach Rourkela?

By Air - The nearest airport is located in Ranchi which is around 250 km from this place. However, what is really interesting to know about this place is the fact that Rourkela has its own airstrip as well but mostly it is used by the officials of the SAIL.

By Road - If you are planning to visit Rourkela via road network then there are many buses which frequent this city. But, you can also consider travelling to this place in your own vehicle.

By Train - The Rourkela junction railway station connects the major cities of our country. Thus, travelling via train is a seamless experience for people visiting this city.

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