Vatakara is a commercial focal point in Calicut district with all the amenities vital for a modern township. There are many Hospitals, Colleges, Schools, Govt. sponsored Technical Education Centers, Recreation and pastime facilities.Vatakara is the land of Kalarippayattu. This is the land where warriors like Thacholi Othenan once lived.
National Highway 17 pass through Vatakara and many trains go through this place. After the introduction of the Konkan Railway, rail traffic has undergone a tremendous change.The proximity to the Head Quarters of Malabar, the city of Calicut which is also the district capital, enhances the importance of Vatakara.