We walked up to the temple from the bus station. It is really not that far or that steep (as some of the reviews here say) and very well sign posted. It was so hot and pretty sweaty so take water! Probably took us about 20 minutes. The man by the shoe place was quite insistent trying to sell us lotus flowers etc that we didn't want to buy.
The temple itself costs about 200 rupees and is not that exciting. It was very empty and there were a fews murals inside the Buddha but nothing that exciting. However from the main area at the foot of the Buddha you can see really nice views over Kandy and the lake. Although our guide book thought the views were better from the other side of the lake we really liked being able to see the train station, cricket stadium etc as well as the lake.
You can climb up the Buddha statue although the very top was locked. This also had pretty views to the hills behind Kandy.
I would say this is something to do if you have a bit of time in Kandy/ want somewhere to walk with nice views but not otherwise.
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