From Atumashi it's just a short walk north to reach the "Golden Book", the mid 19th century golden stupa of Kuthodaw Pagoda. Unfortunately the pagoda was under renovation and all scaffolded. The 729 marble slaps which contain the entire 15 books of the Buddhist Tripitaka are of course not readable for us tourists, so most people will just take a quick look at the long lines of mini-pagodas which contain the marble slaps. There is a lot of "selfie-craze" going on right at the entrance with the first view of the marble slaps, so walking off a bit will bring much more peace and better photos!
Kuthodaw Monastery is nice but I actually liked the nearby Sandamuni temple more. While you can't really walk inside the long lines of their 1774 marble slaps, which are also covered with mini pagodas, the main golden pagoda was not under renovation and elevated a bit. From up there the view onto the huge temple ground is great, specially with the backdrop of Mandalay Hill.
Again, shoes off!!! and better take them with you, since you most likely will not walk back down but take a taxi back to the city. The walk up the hill with it's 1729 steps (more or less) was nice, not too hot and all covered. The views on the other hand were almost zero. There was so much haze, or dust, over the city in the morning that I could hardly make out the moat and the palace down below. That was a bit of a disappointment. I am sure the views are better later in the day, but the number of tourists and the heat will increase.
In theory all of this would be walkable on one day and even the Palace itself would be possible to visit that day, but the sunlight will be so bright that photography will be an issue, hence I grouped these things into three different days and visited the palace in the afternoon of another day.