Riverside Retreat

Riverside Retreat

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#9 of 63 small hotels in Alappuzha
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Lilacs75 wrote a review Jan 2012
Seattle
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 decided to paint the adjoining bungalow with toxic oil-based paint minutes after our arrival. I understand that maintenance is good and needs to be done at some point, but it is inconceivable that a mid-range hotel operator (bungalows are mid-range price, hotel rooms are more like budget) would consider putting guests in such a situation. The owner did not appear to recognize the issue, though he and his wife were open to switching us to a hotel room. Good thing there was one available, otherwise we were pretty far from other hotels and stuck breathing in toxic fumes. Regardless of our toxic experience, it appears as though the bungalows are overpriced.

The hotel room was adequate. Bring some duct tape to fix holes in the screens otherwise you'll be slapping mosquitoes all night and day. Once we fixed the screens, we were fine. No hot water. Bring your own bed sheet and toilet paper. Thin mattress. Standard budget hotel stuff. Considering the location, this is a good value hotel.

Dinner and breakfast served family style. It was quite good and bountiful. Loads of fun if you click with the others at the hotel, uncomfortable otherwise.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Duncan B wrote a review Dec 2011
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 onward travel and also booked a houseboat for us which was also great.

I would recommend this place to anyone and the quiet rural location was just what we needed after spending a week in Indian cities its also not hard to get to with the bus and train service to the town.
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Date of stay: November 2011
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lisayoga wrote a review Oct 2011
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 delights of Keralan food. The delicious red rice was grown in their fields and it tasted so nourishing. We are vegetarian and were well satisfied with every thoughtful meal. Thank you Jisha!

Jiji is a perfect host: he is not imposing at all, which is refreshing and pleasant, but when you do have a request he promptly makes things happen, for example, even arranging for a tailor to come and measure us to sew churidar suits.

The pace was perfect for restoring strength after a busy year. There are little walks to do here and there. Allepey, a very nice Indian city is just a bus ride away. We even visited via public bus the ashram of Amma. So while off the beaten path, Riverside Retreat and the nearby village of Ambalapuzzha is well-connected enough, and one can walk to the nearest place to grab a rickshaw or bus in 10 minutes. You can take longer walks along the canals to get to other roadheads. Or Jiji can arrange a taxi or rickshaw with ease.

Simply lovely.

A memory that will stay with us always.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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chrissie19516 wrote a review Mar 2011
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 feast's of local grub, although Jiji is vegetarian, he got us some wonderful fresh fish, ice cold beer and good company. what more could you ask for.
He will arrange any trip for you and is a mine of information regarding local history etc.
I cant recommend it enough.
Although the rooms were very basic, they were clean with mosquito netting on the window's, outside shower, fresh bedding.
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Date of stay: February 2011
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carnage99 wrote a review Mar 2011
Melbourne
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 gets a chance to meet people from all over the world. I'd love to go back to this place with more time at my hands some day.

Note: This place is at some distance from main town, and hence it's better if guests have a vehicle with them. However, owner arranges auto/taxi to/from riverside Retreat on request.
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Date of stay: December 2010
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Capock wrote a review Nov 2010
Sonning on Thames, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Fry F wrote a review Mar 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent place to rest and listen to the time pass right in the middle of the Back Waters.
Peace and quiet guaranteed in a magnificent garden very well maintained by the local Host. Who makes excellent Indian food to top it all off. (Breakfast and dinner included in the price)
Jiji found us a small boat (like we wanted) at a very acceptable price.
Very attentive and caring, he made us feel perfectly at ease.
The cottage is no frills but air conditioning and 2 fans are sufficient. The open-air shower, a pure delight.
We recommend it and will return there for a future trip to India.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Privat P wrote a review Jan 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Paradisiacal peace, right on the river bank. Very clean rooms and very attentive hosts, who serve you a wonderful breakfast and dinner. The surrounding area is perfect for walks where you can relax. I can also recommend a boat tour.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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JandF Stour Valley wrote a tip Feb 2024
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just enjoy the peace. Jisha's garden is beautiful."
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J G wrote a tip Mar 2016
Windlesham, United Kingdom129 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for one of the cabins. Also, ensure you have Jiji's mobile number so the taxi driver can get instructions!"
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chrisfromfav wrote a tip Jan 2014
Faversham, United Kingdom25 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms facing the river are the best."
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Matthew M wrote a tip Jan 2014
19 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cottages are more atmospheric and larger options"
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Abhishek D wrote a tip Dec 2012
Amdocs ,Pune1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"facing river huts r good"
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₹3,675 - ₹3,926 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IndiaKeralaAlappuzha DistrictAlappuzha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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