Ever since I heard about this place, I kept dreaming about it...Ruins are intriguing
Google map is with me,helping around with the directions, roads are in good condition and there's no traffic at all.
Localities are ever smiling and ready to help.
Since I'm visiting in March the flora is dry with occasional greenery.The majority of the local population are farmers.
On the way I also encountered Mr.Cobra, which was as usual carrying out its business (Such close encounter,it passed right in front of my vehicle phew...)
This church is famously known as Rosary Church/Shettihalli church/Floating church. It was was constructed in 1860 by French missionaries. This Gothic styled church was built on the scenic banks of Hemavathi river in Hassan and served as a religious worship center for the wealthy British estate owners.
Later, the government decided to build Gorur dam and the Hemavathi reservoir for better utilization of the flowing river.
The construction of Gorur dam in 1960s led to flooding of this region. The church and its surrounding areas were evacuated and later abandoned due to consistent flooding.Very few farmers return to this region once water recedes and cultivate short term cross on the fertile river bed.
Ever since, this church gets submerged in water every monsoon, only a portion of it is visible making it a rare spectacle.It has been 200 years since the church was built and more than 25 years since dam waters started flooding and submerging the church but the structure still stands tall.
Areas around the church have become shooting locations for regional movies and serials. Ideal place for pre-wedding photo shoots.
It is a photographer’s paradise all around the year with this ancient church in the backdrop.A must visit place for bird spotting and nature lovers.There's no entry fee.
Pick your season if you wish to see it in water or not.
Shettihali church distance from Bangalore is approximately 205 km.