We were just wrapping up with the most scrumptious breakfast that we've ever had here in our homestay in Sakleshpur. This getaway was way too good, and our hearts didn't want to leave this place surrounded by coffee plantations. However, all good things must come to an end, and we had to reach Bengaluru by night, to join back the daily grind from tomorrow onwards.
We initially planned to hike up to Manjarabad fort, but the folks weren't ready to climb up 250 steps from its base under the sweltering heat. As an alternative we decided to visit the ruins of Shettihalli church. Call it an erroneous search or an 'oops' from Google Maps we ended up taking a completely different route (towards Mangalore) and diverted to some desolated, dilapidated village paths which may have never seen a 4-wheeler on it. Scared of being a 'wrong turn' we quickly retraced our path and joined the highway again. This time we decided to take the assistance of the ever reliable locals, and a local police personnel asked us to go towards Hassan from where its 40 kms. The folly was that we were supposed to go to Shettihalli, but the map had directed us towards Shettyhalli, which costed us almost 3 hours. An alphabet made all the difference!
Back on track and we were now cruising on the Bengaluru highway. I was keeping a close eye on the maps this time around to ensure we don't end up again at some uninhabited forest! From the highway we took a right through beautiful villages and farms surrounding the road. The journey & buildup to the church is a splendid as well as refreshing one. Once you reach the bridge over Hemavathi river the church is distinctly visible to your right adding to the frenzy. Couple of kms of driving more and one just needs to see for a route or opening on the right to pass in. Depending on the season one can park their vehicle right next to the church!
Shettihalli Rosary Church