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 sheets. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundargarh.
Hanuman Vatika :
The garden was renovated and inaugurated by the chief minister, the late Biju Patnaik of Odisha. The height of the statue is 75 feet. Every year on 23 February it celebrates its foundation day. Other temples inside the premises are 12 Jyotirlingas, Batta Mangala Devi, Sarala Devi Temple, Jagannath Temple, Lakshmi, and Santoshi Mata Temple. One Kalyan Mandap is built to accommodate public gatherings and functions. The Hanuman statue was built by Sri Lakshman Swami of Hyderabad.
Vedavyas is a very famous spot in Rourkela for it is from here where Maharishi Vyas wrote “Mahabharata”. It is often subtly attractive for it is located at influence of the rivers Shankha, Koel and Saraswati.Apart from its natural beauty this place also offers other attraction like vedic ashram.
Khandadhar waterfall :
Rourkela has the fourth highest waterfall in India which falls from a height of 244mt. Khandadhar is one of the well known picnic spot in Odisha. Many person does not aware that this waterfall is tallest in Orissa and 4th tallest in India. Situated amidst its lush forests is Orissa’s most well-known waterfall, the Khandadhar fall .It makes a great picnic spot. It lies about 104-km from Rourkela via Bonaigarh, which is 19-km from the waterfall. The last couple of meters are purely a trekker’s delight and a great picnic spot. It lies 60 km from Keonjhar , 19-km Bonaigarh and114 km from Rourkela. The magnificient sight of the fall makes it ideal for a great picnic spot.
This is the tallest waterfall in the state of Orissa,The falls appear to be located in sundaragarh a smaller perrenial watercourse.Amidst thick jungles, Khandadhar is a glittering waterfall created by a perennial rivulet called Korapani Nala within a few kms of its origin.
Maa Vaishno Devi Temple :
The presiding deities of Maa Vaishno Devi temple Goddess Kali, Goddess Lakshami and Goddess Saraswati.This temple which is situated on top of a hill with a scenic beauty of the city around gives the place a heavenly feeling.