Kovlam, an old seaport town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi Lake. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky peninsula on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for swimming. The southernmost beach, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. On the other side of the small, rocky headland is Hawah Beach, which is often peppered with fishermen who hand-haul nets containing their daily catch. North of the headland is Kovalam Beach and Samudra Beach. Water sports, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments are popular distractions in idyllic Kovalam.