Nighoj is a tiny village between the Kukadi and Ghod rivers, about 90km from Pune. We had read about the naturally made ‘potholes’ in the small gorges of the river Kukadi, called Nighoj Kund, and were very keen to visit it. We chose to drive from Mumbai via the scenic Malshej Ghat, catching the NH222, crossed Alephata, took a right from Takali Dhokeshwar on SH50, continued tip Kanoor, took a right, drove through rural roads until we reached NH51, continued on that for some time and finally reached Nighoj Village. Just ask anyone for directions to the Nighoj Kund, and they will be able to point.
Geologists say these potholes are the result of a once excessive rainfall in this region, leaving to the huge force of the Kukadi river carrying and swirling boulders amongst these gorges, grinding them into these shapes. Sounds reasonable, and looks gorgeous.
Note: We didn’t find anything to eat at Nighoj. We had lovely kadi-vada though on the NH222.