Latitude : N 10º 07.777'
Longitude : E 077º08.453'
Elevation : 5812 Feet above Mean Sea Level
Certifications: Rainforest Alliance, ETP
The name “Gundu” means Round and “Mallay” means mountain, and this Estate’s name has been derived from the presence of a round rock-mountain in Field No. 22 of Upper Division. Earlier, this Estate constituted three Divisions, namely Upper, Lower and Kadugmudi, while Sothupari (the name derived due to the presence of a rock or “parai” where workers earlier had their food or “Sor” while coming from Talliar) constituted the remaining three Divisions, viz Benmore,Top and New. Presently all have been clubbed together, along with Thenmallay (Lower, Factory and New) and Vagavurrai (Top, Lower, Bazaar, Factory, Navaal and Luckham) Sections to form Gundumallay Estate. The estate has tea fields that are located as high as 6576 ft above MSL.
Geographically, it is located approximately 25km from Munnar, and is flanked by the Madupatty Dam on one side and the highest peak of South India – Aneimudi on the other side. The accessibility is by road through the 9th mile – Udumalpet road leading to Coimbatore on one side and Munnar – Top Station road on the other side. This entire area is blessed with a wealth of flora and fauna. Exotic Rhododendrons are found in parts of Vaguvurrai and Gundumallay, and the much sought after Kurinji in Vagavurrai. It is also known for its rich wildlife. Elephants, Bisons, Mouse deers, Sambars and Porcupines are found in abundance.