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Shoranur is a town and a municipality in Palakkad district, Kerala, India. The old name was Cheran Vana Oor or Cheravanoor. The English people changed it to Shornur.  It is located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River. Cheruthuruthi, where Kerala Kalamandalam is situated, is right across the banks of the Bharathapuzha. Kerala Kalamandalam is a major centre for learning Kerala's classical arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Koothu, Mohiniyattam, Ottamthullal and Panchavadyam

The Shoranur Junction is an important Southern Railway Junction. The Shoranur railway station is the only station in Kerala having six platforms and railway lines to 4 different routes (Palakkad, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Nilambur)and the biggest station in Kerala. Most of the main line trains operating in Kerala pass through this station .The station serves as a major transit point for the passengers from the Malabar region.

People of Shornur have been demanding for a triangular railway station as many of the long distance trains skip Shornur via the link route, 1 km from the station.

Shoranur Junction Railway Station is the biggest railway station in Kerala. Mangalore-Shoranur and Nilambur-Shoranur are the two railway lines that make the town a junction.Shornur has two bus stands - one at Shornur and other at Kulappully. There are regular bus services from these stands to Thrissur, Palakkad, Ottapalam, Guruvayur, Pattambi, Cherpulachery and Chelakkara and to all main destinations. .

The longest river of Kerala, Bharathapuzha, flows through Shoranur. Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, a center well-known for Ayurvedic massage and therapy, is nearby. The famous Kerala Kalamandalam in Vallathol Nagar, a center for Indian performing arts and culture is walking distance from the station. Kerala Kalamandalam is a major centre for learning Kerala's classical arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Koothu, Mohiniyattam, Ottamthullal and Panchavadyam
Transportation facilities are available at the bus station located close to the junction railway station. Bus services to major centers operate from Palakkad town.

Airports closer to the station are at Kochi,Kozhikode.and Coimbatore.