Multiple governments have issued travel warnings as protests continue in Kerala after several women visited the Sabarimala temple. Visitors are advised to monitor local media and to avoid crowds.

India Today reports that ‘despite an Indian Supreme Court decision allowing entry, the entry of two women into the temple on January 2 has led to violent protests throughout Kerala, including in Palakkad, Kasargode, and Kollam.’

Travel advice

If you are in the area, please consider the following –

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

There have been violent protests in some towns and cities in Kerala over the issue of women accessing the Sabarimala temple. Some public services have been disrupted in the wake of clashes between police and protesters. If you’re in Kerala or due to travel there, you should monitor media reports closely, remain vigilant and avoid large public gatherings.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india

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