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JandF022 wrote a review Feb 2013
Colchester, United Kingdom17 contributions18 helpful votes
We have been to Riverside several times & it has always been brilliant. Jiji & Jisha have had the new rooms upgraded. They are spotless - and there is now air-con!! The food, as always , is excellent, the position wonderful & the service superb. If you want peace & tranquillity, this is the place. Jiji can also arrange canoe trips & ayuvedic massages. We hope to be back next year -again!
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Date of stay: February 2013
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JellyBean_45974 wrote a review Jan 2013
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
The drawcard of this homestay is its excellent position so close to the river. This is what you want the experience of Alleppey to be all about. From the small porch of the cottage I stayed in I watched the life of the river roll by from the houseboat processions in the early morning to the regular ferrying of people on canoes throughout the day. It is extremely relaxing to sit all day long watching the river and enjoying the pretty garden with all its tropical flowers and plants. The owner is very helpful and organised a boat trip for my husband and I. We asked him at the last minute and he quickly organised a trip on a simple non-motorised boat. We meandered along the main river for 5 hours and enjoyed a lovely sunset. There are not many small canals up this end so if you
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Date of stay: January 2013
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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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₹2,737 - ₹2,737 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaKeralaAlappuzha DistrictAlappuzha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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