Consider a Shettihalli church Hassan built by French Missionaries in the 1860s. Consider a reservoir built by government in the 1860s. Awesome Historical place to visit. And this is covered by Hemavathi rivers, it’s reaching to Gorur Dam & about 20 km far from my native place Sakleshpur.
Tourists are lured to this place which looks like a Titanic floating in the water when the Hemavathi Dam is filled. The church was built during the British period to increase its appeal as the Hemavathi reservoir was filled and ruined today.
Fr. David Anthonnappa, Shettihalli (Jayanagar) church Priest says, this place is becoming a historical place which is located in Hassan district. This church construction was completed in 1860s, to gather and pray for the Christian community. After the construction of Hemavathi Dam, the church was submerged in water due to heavy rain in 1976, from then people around this place were migrated to different places along with their families.
Shettihalli Church was not only the Church, it was having an Orphanage for poor family, Primary Hospital with good facility, and along with 150 years of running St. Mariam school for boys and girls. Later another new church was built just 2kms far from this Shettihalli church to worship. Even after the long time, this church is still famous and people address this church as “Titanic church”.
Fr. David Anthonnappa, Shettihalli (Jayanagar) church priest also requests visitors to maintain the clean and not spoil this beautiful place by doing wrong things. Please visit and maintain the purity.
During my graduation in 2010, all my native friends were saying that there was an old church in center of the river, then decided to visit this place without fail during my college holidays and after sometimes I went along with my friends by bikes, we were around 10 people with 5 bikes via Rarakoppalu, Magge and then Channapura crossed, have to take right direction from Channpura it’s about 10 KMs.
When we entered to Bridge, which is the largest bridge I saw in Hassan district, very nice with clean, completely different than compared to all other existed bridges. Whatever, I would like to say Thanks for this bridge constructor. Firstly we had spent some time near a bridge and there was hot with wonderful breezing. I never felt this happy before in any of places I have visited. From there I saw the Rosary old church but was looking like a small broken building.
After sometimes we all went by bike near to the church, there is a small path for bike and small 4 wheeler also can drive. I felt very sad after seeing that ruining church, then I asked someone farmer was working out there about the church and he told me that this happened because of the flood around 30 years back. Already there were few visitors was taking photos and looking at the walls, I went inside and did the same. Since it was my first visit to Shettihalli Church, I was very much excited to see completely and to know what has happened to this church. From then whenever I will take my friends and family to this place and spend some time. It feels relaxed. I am sure; you will visit again and again if you visit the place.
Bangalore to Shettihalli Church is about 250 kms, you have travel in NH75 (Bangalore to Mangalore highway). The road is very good and it’s about 5 hours of journey. Once you cross the Hassan city after 10kms), you have take left towards Magge road.
Yes. It is very nice place to have photo-shoot. Especially in the monsoon season, it looks completely beautiful. But, during the rainy season this church will be submerged from the Water.
About 35 Kms distance from Hassan to Shettihalli church. Once you reach Hassan. Take the NH75 (Bangalore to Mangalore highway), drive towards Mangalore, once you reach Byrapura take the left turn towards Shettihalli church.
About 40kms of distance from Shettihalli church to sakleshpur. The road is quite not good and also having curved shape of road, I suggest you be careful with slow drive towards Sakleshpura.
Since this Shettihalli church is located in village, also edge of the river, you don’t find any Hotel and Restaurant surrounded by. But, you can prefer Stay at Goruru, Sakleshpur, and Hassan.
There are few attraction places close to Shettihalli Church. They are Manzarabad Fort, Gorur Dam, Belur Temple, Halebeedu Temple and many more.
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