The commercial, fiscal and industrial capital of Kerala state, well known as ‘Gods Own Country’ is situated on the south west coast of India. Kochi, the national hub of fisheries and ocean related activities where most of the premier Universities and R&D institutions in fisheries and ocean sciences of the country are located. Historically, Kochi has the reputation of being the centre from where the International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) (1956-65) was launched. Kerala, the most literate and prosperous state in India is flanked by the Arabian Sea on the western side and the Western Ghats with its rich biodiversity on the eastern side. Kochi has a tropical climate and in February, weather is pleasant, with the temperature ranging between 30° and 31°C. Nedumbassery is the nearest international airport which is about 35 km from the venue. Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala), Fort Kochi beach, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Bolgatty Palace, Hill Palace are some of the tourist attractions. Kovalam, Thekkady, Munnar and Kanyakumari are some of the tourist attractions nearby Kochi.