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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed March 14, 2016

This was probably my partner and myself's highlight of our 6 week trip in India! This was our first stay here - but we felt so welcome. Jiji and his wife greeted us as though we were old friends, and made it their priority to ensure we were enjoying our stay. The location is tranquil and peaceful, offering a beautiful... More 

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Windlesham, Surrey
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Reviewed March 11, 2016

This is the second time I have stayed here, the first being 8 years ago. The pleasing thing is that it hasn't changed in the interim and the welcome from Jiji and his wife is still very warm. Jiji's wife made some wonderful local food and was very happy for some of us to join her in the kitchen for... More 

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Cheshire
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Reviewed February 15, 2016

What a magical place to enjoy the Kerala Backwaters from the balcony outside your room? Clean, simple yet very comfortable room and really good home cooking. In particular the coconut pancakes for breakfast were delicious! The host family are both genteel and engaging striking a perfect balance of hospitality and your own space. A beautiful, colourful garden offering plenty of... More 

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Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

For the price we paid I would call this stay disappointing.. Sorry to Gigi and his family but they need to change some things to make this a more comfortable stay! The rooms are average (hard beds, Mosquitos everywhere) the price for dinner is expensive (350) especially because there are no other options for dinner in the surrounding area.. That... More 

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2015

This home stay is situated on the backwaters not far from the Sri Krishna temple at Amballapuzha. The beautiful garden is a wonderful place to relax and watch the world go by. We were able to visit Alleppy for shopping and Arunmula to see where the famous mirrors are made. The food was as delicious as ever and Jiji and... More 

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed August 28, 2014

I had been to this place 2 years back. Its a nice place to relax. Location is superb. Evening we went to back water with a small boat for 2hrs. That is was a superb experience. People are also good. They take care of their guest. I recommend this place...

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We stayed at five places on our three week journey around Kerala and this was the best. JiJi and his family are lovely and couldn't have been more helpful The food was fantastic, the ambience peaceful and always interesting, from the little boys having swimming lessons in the river at 6;30, to the egrets returning to their roosts at 1830!!... More 

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

My wife and two of our teenage children enjoyed a return visit to JiJi John's home stay. Our experience was even better than our first time seven years back. No big sights or pressure to do anything, just simple trips around the place for a massage or a boat ride, although the "stay back" option was always popular too! We... More 

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

riverside retreat si a great place to stay with calm beautiful nature and with warm and kindly welcome from Jiji and his family the bungalows are large and comfortable with mosqiuito net and the dinner an breakfast were full and succulent we stay 4 nights only but it was our best stay in kerala and india during 3 weeks of... More 

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New York
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

A gorgeous location right on the river, what a treat to wake up and watch the sunrise in this peaceful location. A great place to write and relax and watch the houseboats go by. Delicious home cooked Keralan food. Just the right amount of attention from your host Mr Jiji and his wife, and good clean room, gorgeous garden and... More 

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Additional Information about Riverside Retreat

Address: Karumady, Alappuzha 688561, India
Location: India > Kerala > Alappuzha
Price Range: $30 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Riverside Retreat Kerala/Alappuzha, India
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“Ask for one of the cabins. Also, ensure you have Jiji's mobile number so the taxi driver can get instructions!”
 of 5 bubbles peterjg63, Mar 11, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms facing the river are the best.”
 of 5 bubbles chrisfromfav, Jan 29, 2014 | Read review
“Cottages are more atmospheric and larger options”
 of 5 bubbles 939matthewm, Jan 12, 2014 | Read review
“facing river huts r good”
 of 5 bubbles AbhishekD692, Dec 17, 2012 | Read review
“Bungalows are overpriced but are much more charming. Hotel rooms are a good budget value if you would rather focus on the spectacular location.”
 of 5 bubbles Lilacs75, Jan 16, 2012 | Read review
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