Cost of living in Kochi, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨206
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨284
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨174
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨45
12 eggs, large ₨79
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨209
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨108
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨105
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨413
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨38
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,592
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨19,753
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,924
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨21,171
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨13,889
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,199
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨924
40” flat screen TV ₨33,905
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,377
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨360
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨355
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,269
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,308
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,579
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,714
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨971,175
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨75
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,263
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨257
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨100
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨258
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨168
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨147
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨183
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨120
Tube of toothpaste ₨61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨268
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨789
2 tickets to the movies ₨314
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,768
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,233
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨315
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨178
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨175
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨47,152
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨48
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,071
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨189
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 378 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: October 15, 2018.

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