The Hoysala temples at Belur, Halebidu, and Somanathapur in Karnataka were declared 'UNESCO World Heritage' sites.

The 'Chennakeshava temple' at Belur and 'Hoysaleshwara temple' at Halebidu had been on UNESCO's tentative list since 2014.

An expert from the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) conducted site visits and recommended their inclusion.

The temples are known for their distinct architectural style, including ornate carvings, and are built using soapstone.

Construction of these temples dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries during the Hoysala dynasty.

The recognition as World Heritage Sites is expected to boost tourism to these historically and architecturally significant sites.