The cost of living in Chennai for 3 months?

#1 Feb 21st, 2006, 14:28
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Hi All,
I am a new one to the forum.
I am heading for Chennai for a business trip of about 3 months.
Could someone kindly suggest how much will meet the cost of basic living(, such as meal/grocery) ,exluding house rent? I need a plan to feed my pocket.
#2 Feb 21st, 2006, 15:15
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Are you working to a tight budget? Do you want to eat in posh hotel restaurants or will an ordinary veg. restaurant be ok for you?

You can get the S.Indian veg "meal" ---- which is a vast quantity of rice and other stuff for 30Rs upwards, depending where you eat.

Most days I spend less than Rs100. Somedays much more. Somedays nothing!
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Thanks ,Nick-H.
Ordinary veg. restaurant be ok for me. Maybe just enjoy a little more at the weekend.
Will $200 be ok for one month?
#4 Feb 21st, 2006, 16:14
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You can also find chinese restaurants that serve at about same price. South indian vegetarian meal typically consists of rice, sambar, dal, rasam, curd , lot of tamarind added. food is not going to be a problem in chennai as you can find several affordable restaurants. best thing is make a friend or two after you arrive in chennai and local people are very likely to extend help and show you several hotels that meet your tastes.
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ICE_ICE : There is no one except Nick-H to answer this better. But 200USD a month is more than you need for grocery and food assuming you don't plan to eat at most expensive (not necessarily good) places everyday]
For about 100$, you can hire a cook who can make great food for you everyday and everynight.
If you like Indian food (south, in Chennai), you can have breakfast/lunch/snacks/dinner for about 5$ a day. I usually do it in less than 3 a day.
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Thanks for the vote of thanks, but there are local IMers like Rangss, and even some American NRIs like Docgirl and Auntiji who know this city far better than I do

If you are staying in your own flat/house you will probably want someone to come and clean and wash for you. Your budget might well stretch to a full-time servant.

The trouble with that is that it ties you down to being there when she is. It is easier for a family to have someone at home most of the time. I "waste" most of my mornings waiting for our cleaning girl --- who costs us about USD15 a month* for washing up, washing clothes, sweeping and mopping and sweeping outside and watering the plants.
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Thank for all the tips
I will arrive Chennai at night,FEB 23rd. Look forward to see and explore the city!

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