Rourkela (ରାଉରକେଲା or राउरकेला) is located in the northwestern tip of the Indian state of Orissa at the heart of a rich mineral belt. It is situated about 340 kilometres (211 mt) north of state capital Bhubaneswar. It is surrounded by a range of hills and encircled by rivers. One of the largest steel plants of the Steel Authority of India Limited is situated here. It also has one of the National Institutes of Technology of the country. It is the 14th most clean and green city of India. The name "Rourkela" in the local tribal language of "Sadri" means "Our Village". It comes under Sundargarh district of the Indian state of Orissa. An indigenous community called Raulia used to inhabit this region.
The area of Rourkela is 200 square kilometers approximately. Red and laterite soils are found here which are quite rich in minerals. The area near Rourkela is rich in iron-ore hence a steel plant is situated in Rourkela. Rourkela is situated in a hilly region which adds to the natural beauty of the city.
Hanuman Vatika, The city houses the Hanuman Vatika, which is a major attraction for the locals and visitors to the town. A 74.9 feet (23 m) tall full-fledged Hanuman statue welcomes the visitors to the steel city. Sri Laxmana Swami was the architect behind the statue. The Hanuman Vatika Trust Board has made a temple complex on 13 acres (53,000 m²) of land. The Bata Mangala Mandira, Vinayaka Mandira and Manas Parayana Sharala have been established to the entrance of the Hanuman Vatika. The Koili Baikuntha, the kitchen, the Kalyan Mandap and the Bhajan Mandap lie close to the Jagannath Temple.
Vedavyas, Vedvyas - adjacent to modern Rourkela and Panposh - is a highly revered place and religious for Hindus - most ancient and almost pre-historic.
Mandira Dam, Mandira Dam, near Kansbahal is situated at the lowest level, it is mostly used for Rourkela Steel Plant.
Ghoghar Temple, The Ghoghar Temple, 30 km. from Rourkela dates back to antiquity. The beautiful gorge with its sylvan background is also a popular holy spot and attracts visitors throughout the year. There is a naturally formed Siva Linga of Black granite here. The renovated temple has a facility of community lunch and lodging for outstation visitors. Devotees from all over throng the place especially during the month of Shravan (July/August). Other than this during Kartika Purnima in the months of November and Shivaratri February/ March, thousands of devotees visit this place. Ghoghar is easily approachable both from Kansbahal and Rajgangpur.
Khandadhar, The 244 m High Khandadhar is 90 km from Rourkela via Bonaigarh. It is formed by the perennial Korapani Nala which flows here throughout the year. It is the highest waterfall in Orissa and the 4th highest in India.
Darjin, Darjin is a picnic spot on the river Brahmani. Nearby is Deodhar, a gorge on the river. It is 51 km from Rourkela on National Highway No. 23. About 180 km from Rourkela, Junagarh has a fort of historical and archaeological importance with ancient caves. Another haunt of the tourists is the Mirig Khog Waterfall, a picnic spot, 111 km from Rourkela.
Maa Vaishno Devi Temple, Situated on the top of a small hill with a beautiful ambiance of green trees and fresh air throughout the day, adding another spot of devotion and attraction to the City. The Maa Vaishno Devi Temple may not replicate the actual experience but the tour to the Temple enriches the viewers with beautiful landscape of half the City and with the Steel Plant's view, with a fresh breeze every time. The images of Maa Kali, Maa Lakshmi and Maa Saraswati were found on the hillock which took the form of the present temple further. The Temple was constructed and completed in the year 2003. Having visitors half the city every day at the time of Navaratras, the temple pops at the top on the must visit charts.
Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Situated in Sector-14 on a small hillock this is a place to attend complete peace of mind, away from the hustle and bustle of city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi Mata.
Indira Gandhi Park in front of the Gayatri Mandir hillock. It has gardens with rare varieties of flowers, a grass meadow, a doll museum, a miniature zoo and an aquarium. The gardens include Japanese garden, rose garden, and a fountain garden. The zoo has a train which goes around the park. Apart from this, there is a big tower in the park, atop from which one could get a breathtaking view of the city.
Jubilee Park abutting Sector-8. Jubilee Park is additional showcase to town with a deer park.
Rourkela has a tropical climate and receives high rainfall during Southwest monsoon (June – September) and retreating Northeast monsoon (December – January). Average annual rainfall ranges between 160 and 200 cm. The minimum and maximum temperatures are in the range of 7 C to 47 C with a mean minimum and maximum temperature range of 9.8 C to 39.2 C during coldest and hottest months.