Monday, April 18, 2016

Hassan Shettihalli Church

If you have bought a new car or bike (or DSLR) and just want to drive aimlessly on a highway with no particular destination in mind then Shettihalli Church in Hassan would be perfect for you. Situated at a distance of 200kms on the Bangalore-Mangalore highway, this would be a perfect off beat location for you to go and do nothing.

We started at around 6am and stopped by the New Anand Bhavan for a heavy breakfast.
 
 
 
The Shettihalli Church is believed to have been built around 450 years ago and has a kind off Gothic architecture (got this off the internet). The church sits in the banks of Hemavathy river and is said to submerge during rainy season. We visited during summer so the river was almost 200mts away from the church. 
If you are a photography enthusiast then visit this during early mornings or late evenings to get a sky lit portrait photo. During day time under the peak sun, using photo filters will give you good pictures. 
However the church looks good only at certain angles. Check out the below pics taken from other angles as compared to the above pic.
 
 
This has now become the to visit spot for bikers (not bicycles but high end motorbikes and bike rentals).
Since we visited in summer we could walk around and also go to the other side of the river where you see a farm and few little cement statues. 
 
 
 
 You can walk to the other side of the river through an old bridge or if you want to go by your vehicle then go to the main road and take the big bridge. 
There is no shop nearby so make sure you buy water or snacks before you visit the location. I felt that this as the only location may not be worth it but as I started this post with, you may visit this as a road trip. Other alternative would be to combine this location with Belur, HaLebeedu and Sharavanabelegola. If you want to continue on the highway then you could head to the Sakleshpur fort. I will blog about it in my next post.

You might also be interested to read: Shravanabelegola and Belur, HalebiduSringeri and Horanadu

And as usual, the mandatory selfie with Amruth and Vikram :)

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