About The City

Rourkela is located in the lap of nature, that came 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. The best time to visit rourkela is October to March. The city is populated with people from all parts of India therefore it always sounds with Festivals.


The city now boasts of various money-spinning Sponge Iron Plants, Induction Arc Furnaces and Ferro Alloy units. The city being the latest addition to the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) map is now poised to become the new IT destination. Spread over an area of about 45 sq. kms, with a population of approximately 5 lakhs, this is the biggest planned town in Orissa which exudes an air of freshness and tranquility and has become the nerve center of all social and cultural activities of the district. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting places of interest in the district of Sundargarh. Being cosmopolitan in nature, the city has a large pool of Oriya, Hindi and English speaking people.

Rourkela also holds a place of prominence in the educational map of the country. ,Purushottam Institute of Engineering & Technology(PIET), National Institute of Technology (NIT), Padmanava College of Engineering, Indian Institute of Production Management, Rourkela Institute of Management Studies, Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Institute of Information Technology & Management Science are the major technical institutes. Students from all over the country converge here to avail high quality education. Numerous good schools and general colleges provide a good educational base to the students.

Location of the Institute

PIET is functioning at its permanent site at Mandiakudar, Kansbahal, Rourkela, 10 Kms away from Panposh on the SH-10 (Rourkela to Sambalpur road).

Location Map

Location Map

How to reach

Rourkela is located at 450km from Howrah on the Howrah-Mumbai rail route. The city has direct rail connection with Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Puri, Bokaro, Tata, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and a number of other important cities all over the country.

It is connected with all important towns in the state by state highways. There is regular interstate and intrastate bus services to and from Rourkela. It is 470 km from Bhubaneswar and 192 km from Sambalpur by Road. The nearest airport is Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata.

Places of Interest

Vedvyas, situated on the confluence of two rivers, Sankha and Koel, is not only a place of beauty but also pilgrimage. It is believed that Vyasadeva, the reputed sage lived here and composed the great epic, The Mahabarata. There are several temples here; two dedicated to Lord Shiva; one to Lord Rama and others to different hindu gods. A vedic ashram and a school on the lines of gurukul are added attractions of the place. It is 5 kms from Panposh and 15 kms from Rourkela and connected by an all other roads with regular bus service.


Hanuman Vatika with 74-feet 9-inches tall Lord Hanuman statue, is centre of attraction and welcomes visitors to the steel city. Sculpted by Sri Laxmana Swami the statue is said to be the tallest Lord Hanuman in India. The sprawling temple complex spread over 13 acres of land houses temples of all important Hindu deities.

Ghogar, a gorge on the river Ib, extending over 5 km, is popular as a picnic spot. A naturally formed Siva Lingam of black granite is worshipped by the local people, is an additional attraction.


Khandadhar amidst thick jungles, is a glittering waterfall created by a perennial rivulet called Korapani Nala within a few kms. of its origin. 244 meters in height it is said to be the highest waterfall in Orissa. Nearby, the local tribals worship a deity known as Goddess Kanta. It is 114 Km from Rourkela via Bonaigarh, that offers a delightfully refreshing sight.