Godagari Upazila (Rajshahi district) with an area of 472.13 sq km, is surrounded by Nawab ganj Sadar and Tanore upazilas on the north, West Bengal of India and the Ganges on the south, Paba and Tanore upazilas on the east, Nawabganj Sadar upazila on the west.
Main rivers are Ganges and Mahanandha.
Godagari (Town) consists of 9 wards and 18 mahallas. The town has a population of 32210; male 51.69% and female 48.31%. Literacy rate among the town people is 31.8%. The town has a check post and an immigration office.
Administration Godagari thana was established in 1865 and was turned into an upazila in 1984. It consists of nine union parishads, 389 mouzas and 396 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Padumsa Dighi (pond) of Raja Bijoy Sen at village Deopara (eleventh century), tomb of Hazrat Shah Sultan at Sultanganj (fourteenth century), tomb of Ali Kuli Beg at Kumarpur.
Marks of War of Liberation Memorial monument 1 (Sheikherpara).
Population 217811; male 50.88%, female 49.12%; Muslim 86.55%, Hindu 8.05%, Christian 1.93% and others 3.47%; different ethnic nationals: 3749 families including the Santals.Religious institutions Mosque 439, temple 18, church 9, sacred place 2.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 27.6%; male 32.3% and female 22.6%.
Educational institutions: college 11, secondary school 53, madrasa 18, government primary school 76, non-government primary school 63.
Noted educational institutions: Godagari Ideal Primary School (1913), Godagari High School (1948).
Newspaper and periodical Barendri.
Cultural organisations Club 45, public library 3, cinema hall 1 and playground 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 36.36%, agricultural labourer 32.16%, wage labourer 5.35%, commerce 11.25%, service 3.99% and others 10.89%.
Land use Total cultivable land 35750.71 hectares; fallow land 218.74 hectares; single crop 49%, double crop 42% and treble crop 9%; cultivable land under irrigation 47%.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk 7500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, patal, karalla and varieties of dal (pulse).Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame, mustard seed, aus paddy, kaun, watermelon.
Main fruits Mango jackfruit, litchi and bel (wood apple).
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 147 km and mud road 352 km; railways 39.21 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Rice mill 6, printing press 1, welding 45.
Cottage industries Bamboo and cane work 12, blacksmith 80, potteries 25, wood work 226, tailoring 310.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 26, fairs 3, most noted of which are Godagari, Bidirpur, Premtali, Mahisalbari, Rail Bazar, Kankanhat and Rajbari Hat.
Main exports Paddy, wheat, mango, jackfruit and varieties of dal.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, Proshika, Grameen Bank, FDSR, IDI, ITCL, Thengamara Mahila Sabuj Sangha, Asia.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 9 and satellite clinic 1.