Urumi is a lethal weapon native to Kerala
. It is a thin, three-meter long, double edged sword. Its lethality made it a favorite among the soldiers of the yesteryear kingdoms. Nowadays it is seen in the hands of those practicing Kalaripayattu
, the martial art of Kerala.
Urumi is flexible enough to be wound and worn around the waist like a belt. As easily as it is wound, it can also be retrieved in a momentís notice. It sharpness and flexibility makes it a very dangerous weapon to handle, which requires a lot to practice for the mastering.
Urumi forms the highlight of a Kalaripayattu show.