The college was established in 1960 by the people of Thiyya community under the leadership of late R Shankar by collecting resources in both cash and kind from the people of Kannur. R Shankar, the founder manager, christened the institution after the great saint and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru as Sree Narayana College Kannur, and brought it under the management of Sree Narayana Trusts, Kollam. The college was formally inaugurated by R. Shankar the then Chief Minister of Kerala on 6th July, 1960, and now it is sixty years old. It has the rare distinction of being the first premier college in North Malabar to be commissioned in the private sector offering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
This college was formally inaugurated on the 6th of July 1960 by the then Chief Minister of Kerala, Late R. Sankar. From its status as a junior college it has now grown into a full fledged post-graduate college with affiliated research centres in its post graduate departments of Zoology , Chemistry & Commerce. This college, affiliated to Kannur University imparts instruction to nearly two thousand students in different branches of Arts, Science and Commerce at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
Now, it is a full fledged higher education institution functioning with government aid, affiliated to Kannur University with UGC 12 B and 2F recognition, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D programmes in humanities, science, commerce and management studies annually catering to the educational requirements of nearly two thousand students.
The college is located on the hilltop location of Govardhangiri, a serene 24 acre land donated free of cost by Haridas Govardhandas Khimji, a well to do philanthropist of Kannur. It is six kilometres away from Kannur town and well connected by roads leading to Kannur Railway Station, Bus Station and Kannur International Airport.