Mayyanad is located in the south western suburbs of Kollam district, Kollam city about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the city centre and 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of Paravur Town. Mayyanad can be reached by frequent buses from Kollam city and Kottiyam town and by local train from Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. The bridge connecting Mayyand and Paravur was completed in 2012, making travel to Kollam city easier. Mayyanad is situated on the banks of the Paravur Lake and has an Arabian Sea coastline noted for its fishing. Mayyanad railway station is one among the major railway stations in Kollam district.
Several temples, churches and mosques are situated in Mayyanad including the Umayanalloor Sri Balasubramanya Swami Temple. Tourists are attracted to the location by the meeting of a lagoon with the sea while the long sandy scenic beaches are ideal for swimming.
It is the birthplace of several prominent social reformers, such as C. Kesavan and C. V. Kunjuraman. This land also set stage for the childhood and later times of Raman Rajan. The first Panchayat President was Prof. K. Ravindran who went on to become the founder principal of Mahatma Gandhi Government Arts College in Mahe and Tagore Arts College in Pondicherry.
The Malayalam daily newspaper Kerala Kaumudi was founded in Mayyanad in 1911.