Shornur is a beautiful municipal town situtuated on the banks of Bharathapuzha in Palakkad District. The actual name was "Cheruvannoor" which was later changed to Shornur. Kerala Kalamandalam, located on the other side of the Nila river, is famous for various temple arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Panchavaadyam, Mohiniyaattam, Ottam thullal, etc. A large number of foreigners visit this place to learn and enjoy these arts. Shoranur is also famous for cinema shooting. This town and the adjoining Nila river has appeared in a large number of Malayalam and Tamil movies.
Shornur once had an important place in the map of Southern Railway. Though the railways have always ignored Shornur, this is the most important and longest railway station in Kerala. A large number of long distance express and superfast trains pass through this station. Due to the increase in the number of passengers and lack of amenities, passengers are facing lots of inconveniences. Railway tracks from all four sides (Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Nilambur and Ernakulam) join here and hence there is a long pending demand for setting up of triangular railway station. However, the concerned railway authorities have ignored this demand.
Kavalappaara Desam (from Mundakkottukurissi to Bharathapuzha) which is situated near Shoranur is a historical place. The Kavalappaara Palace can be seen on the Shornur - Kavalappara road.
Shornur has an important place in the industrial map of Palakkad District too. Almost all agricultural equipments are manufactured here and some of them are exported to other places. The Metal Industries, Sree Narayana Metal Industries, Mayilvahanam Group, etc. are some of the important industries. The Mayilvahanam Group, which was the first bus service in the district, still operate their service on various routes. The old generation cannot forget Mayilvahanam buses. Large number of private buses are available to Thrissur, Pattambi, Chelakkara, Cherpulassery, etc. Long distance buses from North to southern part of Kerala also pass through Shoranur Byepass road. The bridge across the Nila river is known as Cochin bridge as this connects the Malabar area to southern parts of Kerala. The Palakkad - Kulappully state highway is just 4 kms away from Shoranur. The nearest airport is Kozhikkode.
The reputed ayurveda centre, Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam and Vishnu Ayurveda College are situated at Shornur. SN Trust School, Technical High School, Carmel School, KVR High School, IPT & GPT are the important educational institutions. A government printing press is also located at Kulappully, near Shoranur.