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Karumady, Alappuzha 688561 India
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#60 of 259 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
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Abhishek D wrote a review Dec 2012
Amdocs ,Pune1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Riverside Retreat justifies its name. Located on the banks of the Pamba River and other exotic backwaters, it really provides a retreat to the olden golden days. It not located in the proper heart of the city, you may have to take two or three adjoining winding roads to reach the hotel, but it’s worth the trouble. On our Kerala tour to Munnar,thekkady,kovalam,alleppey , we had never imagined to land on a place like this.It ws a good tour with things being professionally managed and good staffs at all hotels & riverside retereat being no exception.Full marks to Antilog Vacations ( our tour operator) as well for arranging a good tour without overcharging The time you spend inside the resort is total bliss. I had a gala time amidst the hammocks with the book I was reading.
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Date of stay: December 2012
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Rajakumar S wrote a review Dec 2012
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India5 contributions2 helpful votes
If somebody has time in their hand, then this place is a MUST...Reaching the place itself is an adventure as it is in a complete remote village, though the rickshaw can comfortably take u...Thats the best part of this place...complete isolation...Just u and the nature...Complete bliss n peace Great food...U will never blame me for this review...Enjoy ur trip
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Date of stay: December 2012
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David C wrote a review Dec 2012
Lucerne, Switzerland36 contributions30 helpful votes
The atmosphere at the riverside retreat is all about calm and relaxation. The bungalows are clean and big. You get a little terrasse in front of your door and quite a unique access to the river. Amazing view on the kanus and fishermen passing by slowly on carried by the stream. Jiji and his wife are very nice and helpfull. The food is amazing... We recommend this place ***** You should definitely try the kanu trip to a near town in the afternoon. Greeat paddling experience and amazing sunset on the river. Worthwile going it. Don't miss the nearby temple (45min walk), a very nice place to go and relax or meditate next to the living elephant... Jiji helped us to book a houseboat with his friend Thomas, but that was not so great... The boat was really in bad shape and quite dirty
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Date of stay: December 2012
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Olives13 wrote a review Nov 2012
London, United Kingdom31 contributions10 helpful votes
Jiji's homestay was a perfect start to our holiday. As someone who has visited India many times I genuinely think this is one of the best homestays I have had the pleasure of visiting. The accommodation, while basic, is all you really need - what's important is the setting! Our cottage overlooked the backwaters and was spectacular. The food was great and Jiji was incredibly helpful in providing us with a local map which meant we were able to explore the local sites and villages at our leisure. Everyone was very friendly in the local area and I'd highly recommend this homestay. We stayed for two nights - I'd recommend three or maybe four.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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GabbiOnTour wrote a review Jun 2012
Krabi, Thailand1 contribution1 helpful vote
I was the only guest there at the time i stayed. The owner-Jiji and his family welcomed me and made me feel at home. What a great location right on the river bank. The best sunrise at the view just in front of the bungalows. Jisha (Jiji's wife) is an excellent cook. She managed to serve a variety of local home cook meals to your request. Just loved it and highly recommended. One thing, if you are going by train, do not get off at Alleppey, get off the next stop called "Ambalapuzha". You can save yourself a lot on Auto-rickshaw. Price from Alleppey Rs. 250 from Ambalapuzha Rs. 80. i learned the expensive way ;"(
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Date of stay: June 2012
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mesinjer wrote a review Apr 2012
Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
Jiji and his family were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make my wife and I feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Their garden was a paradise, the place was quiet and restful, the home-cooked food was exceptional, the room was simple but clean and had lots of character. This was one of our favorites in our trip through southern India, was a great value, and we would definitely go back.
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Date of stay: January 2012
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Lilacs75 wrote a review Jan 2012
Seattle21 contributions27 helpful votes
Wow, were we glad we chose to stay at the Riverside Retreat than going on the overnight houseboats. If you stay at this place on land, you see less but with way more quality because you get to walk around the fields and towns. The Riverside Retreat is a very relaxing place. It is good for people who like to take it slowly and let a place sink into you over a couple days. The hotel itself is well-situated along one of the main canals. You can watch everything go by, including tens of loud riverboats carrying your tourist compatriots. The hotel has a canoe you can borrow but it was mysteriously missing when we went to use it. They have three bungalows and three rooms. We started off in one of the more expensive bungalows. It was charming and more private, but the staff
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Duncan B wrote a review Dec 2011
London, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
We arrived late night to the Riverside retreat and the owner Jiji directed our taxi driver on the phone to find the homestay and was there to welcome us with dinner ready on our arrival - exactly what we needed after a long day travelling. The cottage was large with a huge bed not much other furniture but what else do you need? Bathroom was outside but was private and the cold showers were no problem at all and were actually a god send in the heat of Kerela! Breakfast was great and a wide range of indian food was served but also toast, jam and eggs for the not so adventureous. Dinners were amazing and there were always lots of fresh regional dishes served up - better than restaurants we went to, Jiji and his family could not have done more for us and helped us with our
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Date of stay: November 2011
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leo6 wrote a review Nov 2011
San Francisco, California11 contributions8 helpful votes
We were very disappointed with our stay here. The cottage room was barely furnished, the screens on the windows were ripped so we were bitten by mosquitos all night, the outdoor bathroom had no screens at all so it was covered with bugs and we were bitten while showering. There was such minimal light inside the room that we couldn't read in the room without a flashlight. The paint or laminate on the floor peeled off onto the bottom of our feet. The food was quite average and expensive. 350 R for the dinner they serve is unfair, particularly because there are no other options. Not including breakfast is also disappointing. I feel badly to write this review because the owners are nice people, but other travelers should know that there are great homestays in the region and
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Date of stay: November 2011
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lisayoga wrote a review Oct 2011
New York City, New York14 contributions
We travelled to Kerala in August 2011 with our two girls, ages 6 & 8. On a recommendation from a friend we began our trip at Riverside Retreat. It is a fantastic place to rest and enjoy the beauty of Kerala--green everywhere, lilies, coconut and banana trees, and rich red earth. To watch the river flow by. To eat well and relax. And also to experience life in the Keralan backwaters. The rooms are simple and clean and lovely. Sitting under the eaves as the monsoon rain poured down, looking out on the magical garden, made us feel like the luckiest people in the world. Jiji and Jisha are kind and helpful. I have already prepared the sambar dal Jisha taught me to cook. Jisha kept track of what she served us, and at every breakfast and dinner she thus shared with us different
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Date of stay: August 2011
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