We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Riverside Retreat
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation but we can search other options in Alappuzha
See available hotels
Nearby Hotels
View Hotel
Good 3.5/5
  • Breakfast included
  • Restaurant
Aquabliss(Alappuzha)
View Hotel
Great 4.5/5
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
Great 4.5/5
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
View Hotel
Average 3/5
    Hotel Bonanza(Alappuzha)
    View Hotel
    Great 4.5/5
    Certificate of Excellence
    • Free Wifi
    • Free Parking
    View Hotel
    Great 4.5/5
    • Free Wifi
    • Free Parking
    View Hotel
    Average 3/5
    • Restaurant
    View Hotel
    Very Good 4/5
    • Free Wifi
    • Free Parking
    Hamlet Heaven(Punnapra)
    View Hotel
    Good 3.5/5
      View Hotel
      Very Good 4/5
      Certificate of Excellence
      • Free Wifi
      • Free Parking
      Reviews (39)
      Filter reviews
      39 results
      Traveler rating
      27
      8
      2
      1
      1
      Traveler type
      Time of year
      LanguageAll languages
      More languages
      27
      8
      2
      1
      1
      Show reviews that mention
      All reviewsvegetable currieswatching the worldhome stayambalapuzhajijikeralabackwatersalleppeyboatstranquilityfishingnature
      FilterAll languages
      Updating list...
      20 - 25 of 39 reviews
      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
        • Value
        • Location
        • Sleep Quality
        • Rooms
        • Cleanliness
        • Service
      Thank mesinjer
      This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
      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.

      Room Tip: Bungalows are overpriced but are much more charming. Hotel rooms are a good budget value if you would rather focus on the spectacular location.
      • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
        • Value
        • Location
        • Sleep Quality
        • Rooms
        • Cleanliness
        • Service
      Thank Lilacs75
      This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
      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
        • Value
        • Location
        • Sleep Quality
        • Rooms
        • Cleanliness
        • Service
      Thank Duncan B
      This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
      Reviewed November 29, 2011

      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 this is not one of them.

      • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
        • Value
        • Location
        • Sleep Quality
        • Rooms
        • Cleanliness
        • Service
      1  Thank leo6
      This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
      Reviewed October 5, 2011

      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.

      Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
      Thank lisayoga
      This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
      View more reviews