if you're looking for a budget holiday/long trip then Sri Lanka probably isn't for you. Since Lonely Planet was published in August 2009 prices have gone up more than 50%.
Comments from other travellers that we have met also confirm this.
There also appears to be an increase in the amount of threatening behaviour from the "low life" of this island. This has been borne out by fellow travellers we met in Thailand last year who have a property in Mirissa. It's purely a matter of time before someone is killed or severely injured as our female friend has herself been threatened with GBH by a heroin addicted beach boy.
However, do NOT let this distract from the vast majority of Sri Lankan people. They are very friendly, very helpful and lovely happy folk. Just be aware that there are scum everywhere and, it appears, that here they are getting bolder by the day.
I have read some of the posts, and have my personal experiences, of scams/beach boys/commission gits/three wheeler jokers.......so please fellow travellers, stand your ground and if necessary walk away and say, "you can have the appropriate rate or you can have nothing. What is it to be"?
They will probably take nothing but then it's their loss and you won't walk away feeling cheated and having made it worse for the next person.