The town is located 43 km south of Kozhikode. It is a major trading centre of fish and betel and is known as the birth place of the poet Thunchath Ezhuthachan.
The nearest major airport is at Kozhikode (Calicut) which is 51 km by road from Tirur.
If you are collecting a hire car at Kozhikode airport, it should take less than an hour to drive to Tirur. Take the NH213 to Malappuram, then the SH71 to Tirur. If you are driving from Kozhikode city take the main NH17 coast road south for approximately 40 km, then turn right onto the SH71 to Tirur.
Tirur has direct rail connections with cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. There is also an overnite journey from Madgagon Junction in Goa, Train number 10215 for details from Indian Railways