Friday, October 20, 2017

Shettihalli Rosary Church - Hassan

Shettihalli Rosary Church, built by the French missionaries in 1860 is one of the best examples of Gothic Architecture. Shettihalli Church is located on the banks of Hemavathi River and is at a distance of 22km from Hassan. The church was abandoned after the construction of the Gorur Dam on the banks of Hemavathi River in 1960. Since then it has been a famous tourist spot for travel lovers to see the half submerged church during the monsoon.

Shettihalli church near Hassan was constructed by French Missionaries

Shettihalli Church


Shettihalli Church History

The church was built on the banks of the Hemavathi River by the French Missionaries for the wealthy estate owners in Alur and Sakleshpur. It is said that Abbe Dubois, a French missionary constructed the Shettihalli church in 1810 and later it was renovated in 1860. The church was constructed using mortar and bricks along with a mix of jaggery and eggs.

  long view of the ruined shettihalli church

Shettihalli Church

  Arches of Shettihalli Church built in Gothic Style

Gothic Architecture of Shettihalli Church

For the better utilization of the flowing water of Hemavathi River, the Government decided to build the Gorur Dam and Hemavathi Reservoir in 1960. The construction of Gorur Dam resulted in flooding of the Hemavathi reservoir and later the church was abandoned. The Church gets submerged in water in the monsoon season and a small portion of it will be visible. Regular flooding for 25 years has ruined the church, but the structure stands still.

The massive skeleton of the ruined church is a must see. Today, the church is home to birds that catch fish in the lake, and a very silent and peaceful place. Shettihalli Church is a photographer’s paradise and is a tourist spot for a bike trip.

Gothic Style arch of shettihalli church

Gothic Style arch of shettihalli church

   Bikers coming from shettihalli church

          Bikers leaving shettihalli church

   Shettihalli church in hassan

          Shettihalli church

  A long view of the Shettihalli church on the banks of the Hemavathi reservoir

Shettihalli Church

  Gorur Dam

Gorur Dam

Long view of Shettihalli church from hemavathi reservoir

Shettihalli Church

Best Time To Visit Shettihalli Church

To enjoy the beauty of Shettihalli church, one should visit the place twice. Once in the month of July-October when it is partially submerged in water and next in the month of December-May when the water level is very less.

How to Reach Shettihalli Church

Shettihalli Church is located at a distance of 22km from Hassan 123km from Mysore and 200km from the state capital Bangalore. The nearest railway station is Hassan, which is linked to major Indian cities.


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15 comments:

  1. woow in 1860 that seems so old and still very amazing place, i wish i can visit this place one day :)). Amazing pictures!

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  2. Interesting history and facts about the Shettihalli Church. ~ Thea Topaz

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  3. You always share such an interesting places! Amazing!

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  4. What beautiful architecture. Imagine its full glory in 1860.

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  5. What a beautiful church! Great architecture!

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  6. Lovely piece of Architecture. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wow, amazing monument, thanks for sharing this. I'll put this in my "Places to visit" during vacations list.

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  8. Beautiful church, I had to the read I couldn’t believe this was India!

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  9. Wow this place has a lot of history. Nice church. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I was moved by Shettihalli Church's history.. And the photos of such rad architecture are great too!

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  11. That's really cool place!! One one hand it's a shame that it's only a ruin, but on the other hand it also makes it very cool! Nice post!

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  13. I've never heard of this spot, but now I really want to see it in person. I'd love to visit twice like you suggested to see it submerged in water. What a picture perfect spot :)

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  14. We love exploring churches. This one kind of looks like a castle.

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