In the time I was in Sri Lanka, we went down to Kataragama, which was the spiritual center of the country. It was a place where many paid homage, and temples were abound, not just Buddhist temples, but Hindu temples as well. The place was deeply rooted in religion.
We were staying at a resort with a pool, great food and drinks which cost about the same amount as they did in Singapore. We stayed there for a night and went to take a look at the outskirts of the place. Some people were sleeping in drains, some were living in wooden huts and a five minute drive away was a resort. Gross imbalance of resources, but if you hold the money, you make the rules.