It was a windy Friday evening and I was itching to go somewhere. I was free for two days, a Saturday and Sunday, and I could not stay at home. What's more, it was cloudy, cool, and windy, and it was perfect for a bike ride.
I wanted to explore parts of namma Karnataka and a friend had recommended that I visit this awesome looking church in his native. It was a church that was submerged in water during the monsoon and would be accessible during the non-rainy season. Called the Shettihalli Rosary Church, this church was built by French Missionaries more than a century ago and was abandoned after the construction of a nearby dam: Hemavati. Every time it rains, the church is half submerged in water making it look eerie and out of place.
After seeing it half submerged in water, I wanted to see the place. But, riding out all the way to see just this church would be incomplete. The nearest large town is Hassan and having always driven past it to go anywhere, I decided to halt at Hassan and explore the local culture. In many ways, it meant that I would get to explore my second passion: eating gobi manchurian!
The distance between Bangalore to Hassan is less than 200km, so I quickly asked my friend if his bike was free. He said it was ... and so was he. Not wanting to disappoint myself, I told him he could come along, but I had a completely different idea in mind.