For long neglected and poorly administered, Orissa is claiming its place under the Indian sun with a focus on industrial growth exploiting its rich minerals and metals base that it is supporting with industry friendly policies that have attracted international investors. While some $ 246 million of FDI has been under serious consideration between April 2000 and May 2010, some of it has not fructified because of environmental and other concerns. Nevertheless, the state has reported a nine per cent growth. State capital Bhubaneshwar has attracted several excellent academic institutions  and is being considered as the next boom city in eastern India. The state extends over 155,820 sq kms and is bordered by West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. To its east lies the Bay of Bengal.

Orissa is watered by the Mahanadi. Its Hirakud Dam, near Sambalpur, is the world’s longest earthen dam in the world. Orissa is the seat of the Hindu deity, Lord Jagannath who makes it a very important destination for religious tourism. Besides, the sea beach at Puri offers a quick getaway to visitors from Kolkata.