Ponnani is a small town in Malappuram district of Kerala. This tiny, picturesque town is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and is a popular coastal belt of Malabar. Ponnani is a town of mosques, there are nearly 50 mosques around there. Ponnani enjoyed a status as an important centre for education in the philosophy of Islam. In the early period, Ponnani was considered the Al Azhar University of Kerala, for its great religious schools and teachers. Ponnani was called the 'Small Makkah' in south India, Malaya, Indonesia etc.

Ponnani is known for its long stretches of clean beaches. The town is one of the many tourist destinations in Kerala and it has been inhabited for many centuries. Ponnani is the only port in Malappuram District and one of the oldest ports in Kerala. This tidal port is at the mouth of Bharathapuzha, the longest river of Kerala.

Another Ponnani attraction is 'Biyyam Kayal'. This placid, green fringed water way has a watersports facility. Here a boat race is conducted annually, during Onam celebrations.