Khelari is a census town in the Ranchi district of Indian State of Jharkhand. It is an area rich in coal. Khelari has a beautiful railway station which has important value for the people of Khelari and nearby area as many trains such as Palamou Express and Shaktipunj Express stop here. Khelari is very well connected with Delhi, Ranchi, Kolkata, Daltonganj, Dhanbad etc. Some of the important coal mines of CCL is in Khelari.
As of 2001[update] India census, Khelari had a population of 18,699. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Khelari has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 69%, and female literacy is 49%. In Khelari, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.