Cost of living in Kollam, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨299
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨208
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨169
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨41
12 eggs, large ₨76
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨128
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨130
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨199
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨525
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨42
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨13,848
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨8,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨2,900
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨9,500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨7,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨4,750
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨2,500
40” flat screen TV ₨32,667
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨8,500
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨382
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨300
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨1,172
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨683
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨1,867
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨1,250
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨788,012
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨76
Monthly ticket public transport ₨648
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ₨191
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨123
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨150
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨200
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨150
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨140
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨192
Tube of toothpaste ₨62
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨244
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨505
2 tickets to the movies ₨249
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,833
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨353
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨90
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨201
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨48,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.50
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,264
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨200
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 75 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: December 13, 2017.

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