Koudoumalia is one of the oldest villages at Lasithi plateau which also has one of the greatest altitudes.

The village is named after the mediterranean fruit tree Crataugus azarolous or Koudoumalos which has always been flowering in Koudoumalia.

Hainis Viskadouros one of the rebels who fought for Lasithi during Turkish invasions comes from Koudoumalia.