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Karumady, Alappuzha 688561 India
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#60 of 259 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
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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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chrissie19516 wrote a review Mar 2011
London, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
We travelled southern india for 3 weeks, stayed in all types of accommodation from expensive to inexpensive. Riverside Retreat was the most memorable and the cheapest. Wish we had stayed there longer. Jiji was wonderful and met us at the "corner shop" then we walked across a wonderful bridge to discover " a little bit of heaven" we were very hungry as we had been travelling for hours and it was no problem for Jiji to make us tea and fried Bananna's, you gotta try the fried bananna's. The view from the room was amazing, the backwaters were on our doorstep and you could lie in the hammock and watch the world go by, it is a busy waterway. Kingfishers feeding, locals transporting all necessaries, houseboats cruising along. At night we sat at the table with other travellers to
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Date of stay: February 2011
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carnage99 wrote a review Mar 2011
Melbourne206 contributions90 helpful votes
This is the place for you if you are looking for a quiet and fairly rural stay near to Alleppey. You can have a rickshaw (30 mins) drop you there from Alleppey. The location is on a river but it backs on to rice paddies. It is quiet and small. The rooms are smallish but clean and have fans. The owners are super friendly and the food is outstanding (you will need to have breakfast and dinner there, as there are no restaurants nearby). You can catch a bus into Alleppey (I think it is an hour or so). Activities include canoeing, walking and watching the world going by in a hammock. I definitely recommend a stay here...especially given that it is not very expensive.
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Date of stay: March 2011
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Ilbuono10 wrote a review Jan 2011
Winchester, United Kingdom49 contributions25 helpful votes
We stayed here for three nights on recommendation from another homestay in Kochi. It is a beautiful haven in the backwaters where you can watch the tourists go by on their boats whilst you explore the small channels by canoe and walk around the friendly local settlements, much more satisfying. The food is excellent, some of the best we had in Kerala, we even got the chance to visit the kitchen and learn delicious recipes. Fantastic, friendly hosts who really made you feel at home.
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Date of stay: December 2010
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Vipul J wrote a review Jan 2011
New Delhi, India7 contributions1 helpful vote
Riverside Retreat is a great place to relax and unwind in backwaters of Kerala. Rooms are simple, but clean, and offer amazing view of Pamba River and Kollam Canal. Within walking distance, one can see rural life of Kerala, with beautiful rice fields, coconut trees and fisheries. Owner Jiji John and his family are helpful, polite and good natured. They prepare excellent dinner and breakfast for guests. They also arrange for transport and canoe rides on request. Hotel also has some hammocks on the riverside, where one can spent an entire day just chatting, watching the river or reading/listening something. Also, one can walk along river/backwaters for long, and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Kerala backwaters. Also, because it's a homestay, all guests share dinner table, and one
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Date of stay: December 2010
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Capock wrote a review Nov 2010
Sonning on Thames, United Kingdom16 contributions12 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Riverside Retreat. Jiji and his family were lovely hosts and the food was so tasty. The room was basic and immaculately clean all you could ask for in such a beautiful place. The scenery from the room was stunning. Jiji was so helpful with arranging a houseboat for us and a rickshaw to take us to Allepey. Great place to chill, relax and take in the stunning surroundings great option if you want to get away from the hustle of Allepey before or after a trip on a houseboat. Would love to go back. Highly Recommended!!!
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Date of stay: November 2010
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