Rosary Church, Shettihalli: Withstanding all Odds


Overview: We happened to visit Hassan once for a family function and having heard of the Rosary Church in Shettihalli a lot, decided to make a quick dash to it. Not too far from Hassan, we set off on Hassan-Arakalgud road and had to take a deviation before Gorur. We took the right turn and the road suddenly started to make way for potholes and non-tarred roads. We were brave enough to proceed facing all odds as it was only around 5 kms from there. As we kept on moving, we saw a glimpse of the Hemavati river and the next moment the Church appeared in front of it almost 90% submerged in water. We wanted to get as close to it as possible. The road was non-existent but still we drove our Ford Ikon just next to the Church. The view was amazing and the Church was looking like a city submerged in water. During summer the water recedes and one can go further inside the ruins. The Church is believed to have been built by the French missionaries in the early 18th Century. I would definitely love to visit this place again in summer to see the difference.

How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses ply from Hassan to Arkalgud regularly. But transportation to Shettihalli is a bit difficult. Probably have to hire an auto from Gorur.
By Car: Take the Bangalore-Mangalore road, At Hassan, turn towards Arkalgud, Just before Gorur, ask for directions to Shettihalli. Need to take a right deviation from there for 5 kms to reach Shettihalli Church.
Food/Accommodation: No options for food in Shettihalli. For restaurants one has to travel either to Hassan or Arkalgud.
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  1. Nice photography. Have read a lot about this church. Got to visit it soon.

  2. Been on the Bangalore-Hassan route twice, never knew about the existence of such a beautiful church. Looks like one of those movie sets right out of the 'Lord of the Rings'. Beautiful snaps, Arun.

  3. Beautiful Photos...
    Good water level in ur visit..

  4. Very interesting. Reminds me of the Jal Mahal in Jaipur. You have captured it so wonderfully! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Good one Arun, had heard about this but never got an opportunity to visit, should do it once!

  6. Wow! you manage to find out a lot of hidden treasures, Arun. Great pictures as always.

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  9. Hi Arun,

    There is one more shorter route to the church from Hassan. It goes directly to Shettihalli. Although narrow (single lane), the road is surprisingly in decent shape. From Hassan, one needs to reach Thanneeru Halla and take a left towards the bypass. This road is called Haluvagilu road. Continuing on this road, you will cross the bypass and go straight. From here the road goes straight to Shettihalli. The road is also known as Shankaranahalli road or Shettihalli road.

    Btw, your blogs are very good Arun, with lovely pictures. Keep it up and all the best!!!


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  11. We'd been today. It's already half submerged. If you guys really want admire it's beauty and chill out, visit as soon as possible. It's about 25 kms from Hassan.

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