The British started tea cultivation in india in 1838 by using seeds imported from China. Between 1893 and 1945 tea plantation was developed in India with the help of British. After Independence of India, it rapidly grown in tea cultivation almost equal to China, Srilanka and Kenya. In India, it is proud to say that the South Indian tea industry occupies a pre-eminent position in the world. Today it is 5th largest producer of tea and also 4th largest exporter of tea in the world.
The estate was built-up by the British Since 1920 to 1927 with the assistant of Chettiar Brothers belonging to Bodinayakkanur, Theni District, Tamilnadu, India.
The planting of tea was done from the year of 1927 to 1932. The tea industry was completed in 1936. The factories and buildings were entirely built up by using pony path and head load. The Estate has more than 150 workers and it has one Head Office at Bodinayakkanur, Theni District, Tamilnadu. The Chettiar Brothers run the estate since 1935 to 1971 under the pact of “Right Wary Scheme”. Thereafter, Chettiar brothers transferred their rights to A.J.Group on 01st May 1971. Since 1971 the estate is being looked after by the A.J.Group, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu, India.
Sri.P.Ayya Nadar was one of the great Industrialists in Tamilnadu and particularly number one in Virudhunagar District in respect of Matches, Fireworks and Printing Business. His wife name is Smt.A.Janakiammal. Both Sri.P.Ayya Nadar and Smt.A.Janakiammal are no more today. Their sons viz Sri, A.Grahadurai, Sri.A.Vairaparkasam, Sri.ASC Bose and Sri.A.Ramamoorthy were jointly looked after the kolukkumalai Estate since 1971.In the month of may 2009, the assets of the group were partitioned among the brothers. Consequently the Estate handed over to Sri.A.S.C. Bose and his Wife Smt.A.S.Kanchana Bose. ASC Bose is also one of the great Industrialists in Tamilnadu and doing business in Matches, Fireworks, Tractor Agency, Steelwool etc., in Sivakasi, Tamilnadu. He is also doing agricultural businesses in coffee, Cardamom, Mango, Coconuts in addition to Tea. The Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is now a remarkable Tourist place in Tamilnadu.