Hemavati River

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River Hemavati at the southern side of Banakal
Hemavati dam in Gorur

The Hemavati (Kannada ಹೇಮಾವತಿ ) is a river in Karnataka, India,[1] an important tributary of the Kaveri.

Origin and course[edit]

The Hemavati River starts in the Western Ghats at an elevation of about 1,219 metres[2] near Ballala rayana durga in the Chikmagalur District of the state of Karnataka, in southern India. It flows through Tumkur, Hassan District where it is joined by its chief tributary, the Yagachi River, and then into Mysore district before joining the Kaveri near Krishnarajasagara. It is approximately 245 km long and has a drainage area of about 5,410 km².[3] A large reservoir has been built on the river at Gorur in the Hassan district.

The Shettihalli Rosary Church, which was submerged during the construction of the Gorur Dam can be seen only when the dam height is low during the summer months. The church was constructed by French Missionaries in the 1860s, and has a mighty and magnificent structure in the Gothic Architecture. In 1960, when the government decided to build the church, The bells of the Rosary Church fell silent. When the water level is low, sometimes coracles are used to go inside the church. Sadly the walls have of this beautiful church has been vandalised by miscreants.[4][5]


  1. ^ Hemāvati River (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ "Main Rivers of Karnataka". Karnatakavision.com. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Hemavati River". www.india9.com. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Rising out of the waters" (Bangalore). Deccan Herald. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Singh, Gurdyal (2013). "Rosary Church at Shettihalli (emerges and submerges)". National Geographic Traveller. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 12°34′N 76°27′E / 12.567°N 76.450°E / 12.567; 76.450