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Riverside Retreat
Karumady, Alappuzha 688561, India   |  
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Ranked #35 of 129 Alappuzha B&B and Inns
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
1 review
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“Awesome retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

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

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

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 and expensive as when we arrived in Allepey we found out that we could do the trip for 4000rps instead of the 6000rps charged by Thomas. So if you want to go on a boat house, make sure you ask for a 'newer boat' than the Lake Queen we had!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

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.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Krabi, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

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 ;"(

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

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.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

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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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

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.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Karumady, Alappuzha 688561, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
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Ranked #35 of 129 B&Bs / Inns in Alappuzha
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