There is a strong agrarian sector, and the crops are mainly coconuts and arecanuts. Paddy cultivation has a major setback now, as is the case with most of Kerala, with paddy fields being claimed for houses and for more profitable crops. Migration to the Middle East (Gulf) and to the major cities in India is prevalent. There is a Saliya-theruvu where weaving is an important occupation.
There are two temples at Orkkatteri. The idol of the first temple is that of Shiva and the other is that of Devi. and also one Ayyappa Temple situating opposite of Shiva Temple. Recently renovate a Temple at Chattukulam (called Chattukulathamma, Devi) located at Manapuram area and myths behind this temple is in connection with Orkkatteri Devi Temple.
Orkkatteri Juma Masjids (old and new) are the main masjid in Orkkatteri town.
Maljaul masakeen Yatheem khana (M M Orphanage) is situated in Orkkatteri town.
Orkkatteri Kannukali Chanda (Cattle market) is a very famous festival in Malabar. It also known as Orkkatteri Thalappoli. It is part of festival of the two temples. It starts from 12 of Makaram (January) and lasts for four days. People belonging to all castes and communities participate in the festival.
Thacholi and Koomully are two other temples near orkkatteri town. Both of this famous for THEYYAM, Theyyam is one of the most outstanding ancient dance form of North Kerala. [The word 'Theyyam' originated from 'Daivam' means nothing but God. The Theyyam or Kolam (a form or shape), represents a mythological, divine or heroic character. There are around 400 Theyyams in northern Kerala. The bizarre head dresses, costumes and body painting and trance like performances are very extraordinary. Each one has a distinguishing headgear and costume made out of natural materials like coconut leaves and bark. Musical accompaniments are chenda, elathalam and kuzhal (horn). The Theyyams are exclusively performed by the male members of the traditional caste groups like Malayan, Vannan, Navilan, Pulayan, Koppalan and Velan]