About the Host city, Kozhikode
Kozhikode is one of the ancient cities of Kerala and was the capital of the Zamorian dynasty. Kozhikode is the most important coastal city (Lat.11°15’N & Long.75°47’E) of Malabar (north region of State of Kerala) and was a leading trading centre for spices on the West Coast of India during the medieval period. Kozhikode found a place in World History with the discovery of sea route to India in 1498 by the Portuguese navigator Vasco Da Gama. He landed at Kappad, a coastal fishing village, 20 km north of Kozhikode city. The ancient City of Kozhikode had been one of the prime learning centres for centuries. This place once offered a platform for scholars from all over the country to debate and discuss on philosophy, astrophysics, astronomy, etc. In recent years, the city is the heart of development of northern Kerala serving as the nodal centre of learning and education. Pioneering institutions in diverse fields viz, CWRDM, National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Spices Research, Govt. Medical College, Kerala School of Mathematics, Regional Science Centre, Zoological Survey of India- Regional Centre, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences are some adorning the City’s academic map. The weather during the month of February will be pleasant, with day temperature around 27°C.