May 18

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj village comes alive during Janmashtami when lakhs of devotees throng to witness a miracle, that of an earthern pot of water coming out of a well in the village. The rest of the year, it is just another sleepy village in the rural belt of Maharashtra. So, it is but obvious that the villagers find it surprising that tourists (mostly the ones with cameras on their necks and not the drunken ones who go for the waterfalls on the ghats) come to this village all year round.

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

The tourists are not interested in the village, but in a riverbed 3 kms away from the village. The river kukadi flows near the village. At one particular point , near a temple , the river forms a deep canyon which has resulted in huge pothole like structures carved in the rockbeds because of the natural erosive action of the water and the rocks carried by the river.

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Route to Nighoj village from Pune: Go to the Nagar road, travel towards Ahmednagar. Cross Shikrapur, then Ranjangaon. If you have time, stop over at Ranjangaon and visit one of the Asthavinayak temples. After a while, you should see en exit for Shirur. Do not take that road into Shirur village. The Shirur bypass (the highway) goes towards the right. The moment you cross Shirur, you should cross a bridge over Khod river (Khodnadi or Ghodnadi). Immediately after the bridge, there is a junction where you take the first exit (left) which kind of looks like going back in the same direction you came from. Keep going on this road for around 18-19kms after which you will reach Nighoj. Just as you enter the village, you will see an arch on the left. Take the road under the arch and keep going for another 3 kms when you will hit a river (with a temple). This is the place you are looking for. In case you get lost within Nighoj, as for Kund (which is what the villagers call the potholes).

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Summer is the best time to see these potholes as the water level goes down in the river. But i am sure that it will be equally impressive in early winter with many mini-waterfalls forming between the potholes. Have to plan a visit sometime in June/July for this.

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

There is a temple on the banks – Kund Mahuli Devasthan. You can even buy stuff to offer to the god at the only shop at this place.

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Akshara seemed to like the place a lot and wanted to play in the smaller potholes. In fact, in the first pic below, we had to watch our step and take care in getting to that place as there were deep crevasses on either side. But, Akshara was not satisfied with this location and kept on mentioning “keezha” (“down”) asking her to take her further down!

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Some more photos..

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

Nighoj Pothole - Kund

written by Rajaram Sethuraman

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  1. Potholes in Nighoj, near Pune » Thoughts of a Rambler Says:

    [...] These pothole formations are supposed to be the biggest in Asia. They can be seen near the village of Nighoj around 80 kms away from Pune. For more photos and information, visit my Pune blog. [...]

20 Responses to “Potholes (Kund) in Nighoj village”

  1. 1. Anupama Says:

    Seems like a very interesting place Rajaram :-)

  2. 2. Chandrakant Says:

    KUND MALA – The River base pothole (KUND ) are also found here in the Rocky base of indrayani river.

    Kund mala is behind Begdewadi railway station. 10 min walk from railway station can reach you the place. A small 2 wheeler bridge is constructed to cross the river. The place is very beautiful in mansoon.

  3. 3. lucky pathare Says:


  4. 4. Abhishek Deshpande Says:

    Amazing place to have a short weekend trip…a long drive plus a photography..!!

  5. 5. Laxmanrao Balaseheb Mane Says:

    Zakkash vatli!
    Maharashtrachi Kund Mauli

    Man prasanna zala.

  6. 6. vatsu Says:


  7. 7. ANIL LANKE Says:

    very very nice

  8. 8. ANIL LANKE Says:

    he is my village………..okkkkk

  9. 9. navnath dhawan Says:

    very very nice day

  10. 10. imran tamboli Says:

    Dear all friends,

    This is very butifull site,

    i like this web site.
    noghoj is my sweet wife village this is very butyfull village please come on time
    this space and please see very nature pothos .

    imran tamboli

  11. 11. imran tamboli Says:

    Dear all friends,

    This is very nice site,

    i like this web site.
    noghoj is my sweet wife village

    imran tamboli

  12. 12. nikhil lanke Says:

    its my nice village……..!

  13. 13. Ravi Says:

    I have visited this place 5 times, each time it looked new and younger…Amazing destination for a day’s trip to Puneties.

  14. 14. sachin Says:

    This is very butifull site

  15. 15. Shashank.... Says:

    Its wonderful ! There is one more place displaying such patholes, near Sakuri in Sangamner taluka . I shall be discovering the same today. Let us see.

  16. 16. Indian Says:

    This place should be declared a national park and a reserved area….just like in US they have declared Pinnacles national park.
    These things dont form anywhere and everywhere.Maharashtra state Geological Dept. should take neccessary steps.

  17. 17. sopanukande Says:

    very nice photo

  18. 18. Sagar Patil Says:

    Such a nice collection of tourism around Pune.
    Didn’t know you are in Amdocs too. Loved the way you arranged all the places here in this blogsite.

    All the best.

  19. 19. Vijay_Rocks Says:

    Want to Thank You for the places to hangout all around pune…..U r blog simply best!!!!
    Keep up the gud work……:)

  20. 20. Manish Says:

    Your Blog is simple and awesome, With Description and snaps make more informative.

    Thanks, Keep up good work !

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