Cost of living in Kochi, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨199
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨248
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨156
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨48
12 eggs, large ₨77
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨205
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨118
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨98
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨409
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨80
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨38
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,639
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨20,512
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨4,950
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨18,436
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨11,712
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨3,131
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,202
40” flat screen TV ₨34,165
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨11,331
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨376
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨327
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,395
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨2,388
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨3,702
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,815
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨960,418
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨74
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,308
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨288
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨91
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨264
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨157
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨162
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨174
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨120
Tube of toothpaste ₨57
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨315
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 ₨1,741
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨319
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨177
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨182
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨43,603
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨32
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,062
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨188
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 372 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: August 21, 2018.

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