Cost of living in Puducherry, India

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ₨258
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨214
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨165
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨38
12 eggs, large ₨63
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨60
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨242
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨147
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ₨35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨64
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨867
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨71
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨42
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨19,315
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ₨14,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨1,950
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ₨17,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ₨21,782
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ₨9,667
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ₨1,200
40” flat screen TV ₨38,333
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ₨8,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨425
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨163
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨2,662
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ₨1,100
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ₨2,375
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ₨2,340
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨878,750
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨67
Monthly ticket public transport ₨1,367
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) ₨235
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ₨243
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ₨450
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨298
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨152
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨230
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨240
Tube of toothpaste ₨75
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨166
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨900
2 tickets to the movies ₨252
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨667
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ₨1,767
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨750
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ₨133
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨164
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ₨25,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,940
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ₨129
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 95 prices entered by 19 different people.
Latest price update: March 25, 2018.

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