Incentives provided at NKAR MICE

Understanding the ideology of an incentive group, we at Nkar being well aware of our valued clients, is offering the group an unquenchable reward for their achievements. This teardrop shaped beautiful island nation at the tip of Southern India is one of its kind where you can make a holiday maker feel important whilst offering a blend of cultural heritage, wild life experiences, enchanting landscapes, and cascading waterfalls. Leave it to the people of this amazing island and they know how to make it happen, with the charm and inborn natural hospitable instincts they possess with their everlasting Sri Lankan smile.Certainly Sri Lanka’s Nkar is your strength for a MICE vacation. This is where creativity inculcated with logistic management, turn out a project of superior quality extending emphasis on time management, high service standards, prompt action that trickles down to an amazing and exciting vacation. Undoubtedly down the memory line of the clients returning home will stay the gala dinners, the cultural shows, the fashions of Sri Lanka, the cute pillow gifts, the party times and many more. We kindle the suspense and excitement of our delegates with the local village experiences such as a ride in a bullock cart, engaging in tea plucking activities – imagine your personal baggage being unloaded by an elephant or how about making you feel majestic by welcoming you to the sounds of drums with kandyan dancers leading your way out from the airport.We are good at offering you cultural tours and beautiful theme nights by the lakes, in sprawling gardens or in the background of a gentle sea wave, be mesmerized by bush dinners or experience the excitement of party with a campfire on the beach, flavoured with calypso style music, wining and dining to the glory.Leaving it to Nkar you are assured of high quality accommodation with pleasing views, most comfortable transportation and tour leaders of your choice. All of this may be made possible with no drawbacks only because we are good planners. Now you would agree that we are your strength for MICE.

When To Visit

In the midst of searching for Sri Lanka travel tips, visitors will find out that this popular destination generally maintains good weather but the country has two annual monsoons that affect different parts of the country during different times. The southwest monsoon will bring in rains to the southwest and central hills from late May to late September. However, there will not be continuous rainfall.

The North-East monsoon blesses the North-East of the country with rain from November to February but sporadic rainfalls can also be experienced in March and April. The hottest month in the country is April with an average temperature of 32 Celsius except in the hills where scattered showers and winds will be experienced generally in the period of September to November. The tea gardens and hill stations are over 2000 meters high from sea level.

Visa Regulations

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay and it is compulsory to obtain visa prior to arrival in Sri Lanka. Travellers heading over for business are also required to obtain a business visa to Sri Lanka.

Extensions can be arranged simply by visiting the emigration and immigration department.

Due to the bilateral relationship between the countries, Maldives and Singapore passport holders do not require visa to enter Sri Lanka.

VISA Fee –

SAARC Countries Online Visa fee 30USD
Other Countries 40USD
Please note On Arrival Visa is 10USD higher than the above.

Official web site to obtain your visa : www.eta.gov.lk

Meeting – Events

This beautiful island in the Indian Ocean is a destination to visit all year round. Sri Lanka is an amazing country that offers a wide variety of interests ranging from cultural heritage, nature, wildlife, beautiful landscapes, soft adventures, fauna & flora and exotic beaches.

Sri Lanka is located at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. It is a fascinating country with a history of over 2500 years which has paved the way for Sri Lanka to possess a wealth of ancient ruins. Many of which today have received recognition from UNESCO as world heritage sites.

Sri Lanka has been identified by many names in its glorious past. The Greeks and Romans called it ‘Taprobane’. During the time of the Arabian Sailor Sinbad it was known as ‘Serendib’. The Portuguese and Dutch referred to it as ‘Ceylaan’ and during the rule of the British it was called ‘Ceylon’ that made a brilliant branding for its tea ‘Ceylon Tea’. To the natives of the island it has always been ‘Sri Lanka’ which is the name going back to the days of the Ramayan Legend.

Geography: Sri Lanka is a small island of 65,610 sq.km in the Indian Ocean towards the South of India. Sri Lanka is located 880 km North of the equator. Its beaches merge into jungle rising to the hill country with peaks reaching a height of 2400 metres. Tea plantations and waterfalls embellish the hill country. There are nearly 3000 lakes in the Island. Unspoilt palm fringed beaches are found in most parts of the coastal belt. Coral reefs, paddy (rice) fields, wildlife parks and bird reserves are a few of the attractions that one will encounter.

 

As an island nation the country enjoys a spread of sunny beaches and calm seas during six months of the year on the west coast and the balance six months on the east coast., This is taking into account the west coast of the island being free from monsoons for six months of the year and the balance six months in the east coast.

Do’s and Don’ts when interacting with locals in Sri Lanka

Water

It is always best to consume bottled water which is readily available and can be bought from all the hotel bars, restaurants and local shops. Please ensure that throughout your stay you drink as much water or soft drinks in order to avoid dehydration.

Voltage

Voltage is 230 V, but you may need an adapter in most hotels, since the type of pin can be different to the one on the plug base.

Credit Cards

All recognised credit cards are accepted. However it is important to check if a service charge is levied. Refrain from allowing any person to take your credit card away from you for payments.

ATM

ATMs are available island-wide and the use of credit cards are also encouraged and accepted by most establishments.

Swimming & Sunbathing

Sea bathing can be dangerous in certain places due to the strong currents, especially during the monsoon period. Therefore sea bathing should be enjoyed at your own risk. Please respect the local people when swimming or sunbathing as being topless or nudity is prohibited. Always remember to use the best sunscreen lotion as the sunrays can be strong.

Taking Photographs

In general Sri Lankans love having their picture taken, but it is common courtesy to ask for permission. Taking photographs of dams, airports, road blocks or anything associated with security is forbidden. Do not pose beside or in front of a statue of the Buddha as this is considered extremely disrespectful.

Entertaining Drivers

Entertaining drivers is not encouraged as this could lead to familiarity. However you could use your discretion when making a decision. Refrain from offering liquor to drivers even after working hours, as in a case of an emergency in the night the driver must be able to drive.

Mosquitoes

It is suggested that you use a mosquito repellent. Most hotels will provide this to you. If not these are freely available in local shops. Mosquito coils are not recommended. Mosquito repellent oils which can be applied on your body when sitting out in the evenings are also available. You are advised to test it on your skin at least one hour before use.

Visa

To Sri Lanka can be easily obtained on line by login in to www.eta.gov.lk

Calling Home

This can be done from your hotel either through the operator or some hotels provide direct dialling facilities from your room. You need to dial “00″ followed by the country code of the respective country followed by the area code and the number.

Various pre-paid mobile SIM connections are available in Sri Lanka & anyone can purchase one at the airport.

Medical Attention

Most hotels have a regular doctor visiting the hotel. Therefore should you require medical attention, please consult the resident doctor through the reception. If not, you may speak to your driver/guide.

Dress Code

Casual wear is acceptable. However, swim wear is accepted only around the pool or beach areas and most certainly not inside the hotel. One must be properly attired when visiting temples and other places of worship. Long dresses and trousers are recommended for such visits.

Shopping

The world’s finest tea and spices are grown here. Sri Lankan precious gemstones are world famous. A wide range of Batiks, Silver & Brassware, Ornaments and Jewellery are found here. Branded clothing and Ceramic ware are available on popular offers. Prices cannot be bargained in shopping malls but in other markets or shops you may be able to negotiate on the quoted prices.

Food Hygiene

As a leading tourist destination, Sri Lanka holds one of the best hygienic records in Asia, where stomach complaints are not common. Nevertheless, it is good to comply with the following guidelines:

• Most importantly use bottled water for drinking or rinsing your mouth. To avoid inferior quality water, it is recommended that the water bottles are purchased from supermarkets or recognised shops only.

• Coconut water is a solution for an uneasy stomach.

• Using the fingers for eating is a norm in Sri Lanka and certainly not considered to be unhygienic.

Secure Travel Document

Please keep your travel documents and other valuables in a safe place.

Safety Lockers in Hotels

Refrain from leaving your travel documents, money and other valuables unattended in the hotel room. It is recommended that you store such items in the safety locker in the room or alternatively in the safety locker at the reception.

Interacting with Locals

The majority of the population is Sinhalese 74%, Tamils 17%, Muslims (Moors & Malays) 7.7%, Burghers (descendants of the Portuguese, Dutch and English) and others 0.3%.

Sri Lanka is generally a very safe country with a low crime rate. Walking around on your own during reasonable hours (not late at night) is safe., However, it is recommended that you take note of the following :-

• During your holiday, people may approach offering cheap transportation, day tours, excursions and even overnight tours – be cautious of such offers as at times there could be the possibility of extraction of money in different ways.

• Such individuals may look simple and friendly – but looks can certainly be deceptive. All we recommend is, if you do want to go on any day tours or overnight excursions, to book such tours through responsible parties, who would not only deliver value for money but also give due consideration to health and safety.

• When using the local mode of transportation, it is always best to negotiate and agree on a price before you start the journey.

• We always recommend that you interact with the local community to get a better feel of the destination. However be seriously cautious when and where to draw the line. Here are a few more well established ‘scams’ but remember that the con artists will always come up with new ones :

• You may be shown copies of sponsorship forms of Orphanages, Deaf & Blind Schools and Places of Worship, etc – these may not be from bona fide organisations, so please be watchful.

• You may be offered valuable products and even gemstones at real bargain prices – remember there could always be a catch to it.

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