Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shettihalli Holy Rosary Church, Hasan

The Holy Rosary Church, located in a village of Shettihalli, few kms off Hasan town was a scenic place to be.
If you come post monsoon, the church would be in a submerged state, as it is located in the region of Hemavathy Reservoir. I was totally unaware of this place and Lakshmi Sharath briefed me on its history as follows: “The Holy Rosary church of Shetty Halli was built in 1860s by the Fresh Missionaries but later, when the Hemavati dam was to be built, the entire village had to evacuate. People moved on with their belongings, leaving behind the church”
Because we went in late Summer, water levels w ere pretty low. If we return post monsoon, pay be October, the dam would be full of water and the church will be submerged almost fully.
 shettihalli-holy-rosary commandoes-in-action
The Shetti Halli Holy Rosary church is in a highly deteriorated state, with its ceilings, windows and most of the structural elements gone. Only few walls and a tower remain, to tell the story… However, with green grass and thick clouds, Holy Rosary church of Shettihalli offered a highly scenic view. The waterbody (hemavathy river) also meant we got to see lot of birds. A bridge passes nearby, which I’m told is a road that will eventually connect to Mysore.
broken-piece holy-rosary-church-tower 
Goruru village, village that was birth place of writer Gorur Ramaswamy Iyyengar (Who’s written several books including the popular “Americadalli Goruru” (Kannada) is also believed to be very close
hemavati-river-bridge hemavati-riverbed
Nearby places: Coorg * Sanskrit village near Shimoga * Hoysala Village Resort*

November 2011 update: View photos of this church submerged in water


Mridula said...

Looks like a very beautiful place.

sandeep said...

lovely post and pictures

Deguide said...

It is one of the best churches built by the French, maybe due to patronage of Tipu Sultan.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Mridula, sandeep and Umesh sir

magiceye said...

beautiful images!
amazing to know it remains submerged during monsoons!

Arti said...

Amazing pics! The place looks like a must visit!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Deepak and Arti

Purba said...

Picture no. 6 & 7 are my favourites...brilliant captures.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Purba

Viju said...

Excellent. How do you manage to get these places. You do an amazing job. Thanks a ton. All the best keep exploring new places.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Viju.

Travel just happens. That day we were lucky to get a nice weather