Thiruvananthapuram also known by its former name Trivandrum, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Kerala, and its most populous city.
Life in Trivandrum is mostly simple and peaceful, safe and relatively cheap.
The good thing about this city is that it’s a notable academic and research hub and home to the University of Kerala, Kerala Technological University and many other schools and colleges, so as a university city, it’s filled with young people and the prices are lower than in most cities.
If you’re one to dine out, there are plenty of cheap restaurants and food stalls that cost only about 4.50$ for a meal. In Thiruvananthapuram you will find all fast food brands like KFC, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Dosa Plaza, etc. where you can also have a cheap meal. If you really want to splurge, though, you can spend around 30$ per person for a meal with wine at a nice, fancy restaurant.
Groceries are best bought at any big supermarket where you’ll save plenty of money. The good news is you can always shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at street markets (and we mean the exotic, enticing fruit) that are sold for very low prices. Where to buy the freshest, most delicious pieces of fruit if not on the streets of India?
Traffic can be pretty horrendous in Thiruvananthapuram during rush hour in and public transport can sometimes be unreliable, but at least it’s very cheap! You can buy a one-way ticket to anywhere for only 0.14$, while a monthly pass for public transport costs only 5$. Even taxi isn’t expensive with a starting tariff being only 0.70$.
Monthly utilities in Thiruvananthapuram are very cheap. Depending on the size of the apartment you want to rent and the place you’ll be located, utilities can move anywhere from 25$ to 70$. For an 85m2 apartment your rent will cost around 25$. Internet is relatively cheap as well, costing only about 13$.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Prices in Thiruvananthapuram when it comes to sports and pastime activities are low, too. If you want a gym or a fitness club membership, the price you’ll pay is only about 15$. This is very cheap compared to the prices around the world. If you want to go cinema, the prices of tickets aren’t high either – they only cost less than 4$.
CLOTHING & SHOES
As for malls, there aren’t any in Thiruvananthapuram but Big Bazaars and Pothys and many “department” stores make up for the lack of the malls. There are many shops where you can buy quality jeans for around 25$, light pieces of clothing like shirts and dresses for less than 20$, and quality running sneakers of brands like Nike for 40$.
RENT PER MONTH
If you are renting a flat you will need to shell out about 120$ for a one bedroom flat. The rent will be more in prime locations of Thiruvananthapuram, and this is the most expensive aspect of living here. Apartment a bit further from the city center will cost significantly less – around 80$ a month.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Thiruvananthapuram
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$1.10|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$1.27|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$0.19|
|Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$0.59|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$0.45|
|Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$0.14|
|Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$23.14|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$0.01|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$13.37|
|Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$15.19|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$4.63|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$2.12|
|Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$26.41|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$19.73|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$37.16|
|Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$124.06|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$83.97|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$277.17|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Thiruvananthapuram?
A vast percentage of an average person’s salary gets spent on food in Thiruvananthapuram – as much as 42% of one’s entire salary.
Another quite big expense for the people of Thiruvananthapuram is the rent, even though the price of rent here isn’t high for the average salary in India.
Transportation is also quite an expense: even though it’s not too expensive, it is an everyday necessity and it basically sends money down the drain each day.
Restaurants are fourth on the list – many people eat in restaurants only, which builds up quite a percentage of money that gets spent on eating out.
Thiruvananthapuram: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
Considering their monthly salaries, people of Thiruvananthapuram might find it hard to make ends meet sometimes, though the situation is not dire.
Their minimum monthly wage is only about 150$, which is definitely a small amount of money.
With their average monthly net salaries being around 370$, most people of this city struggle to cover all their expenses and afford the things that aren’t necessities.
If you want to travel to Thiruvananthapuram, the optimal amount of money for you is around 700$ – and that’s if you’re really planning on splurging.
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