Cost of living in Madurai, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨527
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨146
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨109
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨40
12 eggs, large ₨59
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨67
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨135
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨133
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨100
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨424
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨59
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨34
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨23,355
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨15,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨3,146
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,474
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨12,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨5,687
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,241
40” flat screen TV ₨39,033
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨7,000
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 ₨1,067
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 41 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: November 11, 2018.

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