Located at a distance of 200 kms from Hebbal in Bengaluru, the ruins of the 150 year old Shettihalli Rosary church are hiding in plain sight. A perfect day trip!
This church was built in 1860's by french missionaries in Gothic architecture style for the then wealthy British estate owners and later used for worship by the surrounding villages for around 100 years. Around 1960 the initiation of the Hemavati/Gorur Dam and Reservoir project necessitated the relocation of the village around this church as the entire area became a flood plain for the project.
The villagers left, leaving the church behind to hold its ground against the raging waters that it is half submerged under, every monsoon (July-October). It emerges from the floods every winter and the walls and arches stand tall through the summer, a testament to the quality and durability of 19th century craftsmanship.