Tirur is one of the important business centres of Malappuram district. It is 41kms. South of Kozhikode, on the Mangalapuram-Chennai railway line. Thunjan Parambu in Trikandiyur, 3km. from Tirur railway station, is sacred for all who speak Malayalam. This is the birth place of Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan of the 16 century AD, widely honoured as the father of Malayalam literature. Important works of Ezhuthachan, Adhyatma Ramayanam and Mahabharata are widely recited in Kerala homes.
A memoriam for the great poet has been built at Thunjan Parambu, where a week long literary mela is organized in the last week of December. People in hundreds reach Thunjan Parambu with their children, to initiate them into the world of letters on the auspicious Vijayadasami day. Children are made to write on the white sands of Thunjan Parambu with their fingers. Young poets of Kerala come on that day to offer their poems.
12 km. south of Tirur is Chamravattom Sasta Temple, constructed on the Bharathapuzha. Six km. from Tirur, is Triprangode, where the only temple of Kerala consecrated to Garuda, the bird deity, is situated.
Chandnakkavu, the birth place of the great Sanskrit poet and grammarian, Melpathur Narayanan Bhattathiri of 16th century, is 10km away from Tirur on the Thirunavaya - Kottackal road. A memoriam has been built there for the poet where small children are brought for their formal initiation into learning, on Vijayadasami day, as in Thunjan Parambu. Tirur-Koottayi road ends at Padinharakkara, where the Bharathapuzha and Tirur rivers converge to drain into the sea. This place is noted for migratory birds gathering in thousands, particularly from February-April.
Tirur was a witness of the ill-famed wagon tragedy of the 1921 rebellion. Seventy prisoners sent to Pothannur, squeezed into an airtight goods wagon from Tirur railway station, died of asphyxiation. The wagon returned with the dead bodies to Tirur. The Tirur municipality has built a town hall in memory of the Wagon Tragedy.