Located in Kannur District
, Mattanur is on the Kannur-Mysore road and is around 25 km east of Kannur
. Mattanur is on State Highway 30.
Mattanur is the birthplace of M P Sankara Marar (famous as Mattanur Sankarankutty), an eminent artist in Chenda, Thayambakam and Panchavadyam. Pazhassi Dam is an attraction nearby.
Irikkur, Chavasseri, Iritti, Koothuparamba and
Kannavam are nearby places.
Calicut Airport is 95 km south. Kannur Railway Station is the nearest railhead.