On the way out I stayed for a night in Mysore as I didn't want to take the drive completely in one day.
Stayed this time in the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel which looks indeed like a palace with lots of space around.
Friday morning I used to go out on my own and walk around the tea plantations at my speed and timing. I didn't realise until I came to coffee estate that there is a lot more than tea in Wayanad. Was shown a good homestay, so might keep it in mind for another time.
Also got the advice to go to Fringe Fort, so really need to find the right time to go there and enjoy the environment.
My walk showed the beauty of the country and the ladies busy with the tea.
Full set of photos on the photo page.