Cost of living in Madurai, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨264
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨111
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨94
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨32
12 eggs, large ₨45
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨28
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨167
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨138
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨38
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨91
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨405
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨20
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨15,252
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨12,541
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨2,231
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨14,506
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨7,440
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨6,184
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,338
40” flat screen TV ₨32,913
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨7,788
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨244
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,365
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨1,479
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨2,691
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,292
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨830,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨69
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,053
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ₨117
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨80
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨162
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨174
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨224
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨174
Tube of toothpaste ₨61
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨138
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨823
2 tickets to the movies ₨200
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨452
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,667
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨478
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨132
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨221
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨34,500
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.50
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨916
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨109
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 122 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: November 04, 2017.

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