Little Grand Canyon - Potholes of Nighoj

Photo of Little Grand Canyon - Potholes of Nighoj by hrushi palodkar
Day 1

Rocky River Bed

Photo of Nighoj, Maharashtra, India by hrushi palodkar

Bridge on River for close view

Photo of Nighoj, Maharashtra, India by hrushi palodkar

Deep and Narrow river bed

Photo of Nighoj, Maharashtra, India by hrushi palodkar
Photo of Nighoj, Maharashtra, India by hrushi palodkar

About the Destination : Little Grand Canyon of Maharashtra is situated just 90 kilometers away from Pune is one of greatest natural wonder of Maharashtra and India as well. Visited by many geologists of all over the world throughout the year to study the phenomenon of formation of potholes. Almost 1.5 Kilometer of riverbed is made-up of different size of potholes.

Trip to this rock bed of black and reddish basalt rocks will surly enhance your curiosity towards nature and will force you to travel more in search of diversity of beautiful Maharashtra.

Geologists indicate that formerly there was greater rainfall in this area and that the Kukadi River flowed out from the highlands with such force that scouring of the bedrock took place and resulted in the formation of these potholes and the gorge. The same kind of formation in larger scale is there at ” Bhedaghat” in Madhya Pradesh on River Narmanda.

The water flow of Kukadi River is minimum in summer [March to May] which is best time to visit this Nature’s Gem. There is beautiful bridge and temple of Goddess Malganga on the bank of river.

How to ReachVillage Nighoj is just 20 km away from Aurangabad Pune highway and Shirur is the nearest small town 22 kilometers.

Approximate Distance from major cities of Maharashtra in Kilometers


When to VisitSummer

State TransportState Transport bus service is available from Shirur.

Private/Local Transportavailable from highway to reach village.

Where to StayShirur Ahmednagar and Pune are nearest places where accomodation is easily available.

Food and WaterFood is not available. Water and breakfast is available at small stalls nearby.

PrecautionThe riverbed with potholes is deep and slippery. One should take proper care while visiting through the potholes.