About the city of Rourkela:

Rourkela city is located at 84.54E longitude and 22.12N latitude in the northwestern tip of the Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) in Sundergarh district at an elevation of about 219 meters above mean sea level. It is situated in a hilly region which adds to the natural beauty of the city. The Koel and Sankha rivers meet at Vedvyas, Rourkela and flow as a single river called Brahmani. It has a distance of about 340 kilometres from the state capital Bhubaneswar.

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 160-200 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 9.80 C to 39.20 C during coldest and hottest months. Thirty six percent of the geographical area of the district has semi-evergreen or tropical dry deciduous forest .

How to Reach Rourkela

AIR: There is no commercial air strip in Rourkela; however Steel Authority of India Limited has an airport that is routinely used for charter flights and private aircrafts. Major airports in the proximity of Rourkela are Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Raipur as per details given below:


Airport Rail distance from
Rourkela / Journey time
Road distance from Rourkela /  Journey time


Kolkata 413 km, 6 hrs 525 km, 9 hrs International flights, all major cities of India connected
Bhubaneswar 462 km, 6 hrs 320 km, 5 hrs All major cities of India connected
Ranchi 166 km, 3 hrs 222 km, 4 hrs Some cities of India are connected
Raipur 417 km, 6 hr 30 mins 448, 6 hrs 30 mins Some cities of India are connected

Rail: Rourkela is well connected by train routs with all parts of the country. It is situated on the Howrah-Mumbai line and as well as on Ranchi-Bhubaneswar line.

Road: Rourkela is connected to various towns of the state by State Highway no 10 and National Highway no. 23. Thus it is also connected with cities like Ranchi, Raipur, Sambalpur etc. Several buses ply between Rourkela and the major cities of the state like Bhubaneswar, Puri, sambalpur etc.

How to Reach NIT

Rourkela railway station is situated 7 km away from the NIT campus. Autos/taxis are available round the clock there. Local transport facility is also available from nearby state and private bus terminus. Official guests are normally received at the railway station.

Inside the campuses there are post office, bank and ATMs.

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