Accompanied by party volunteers on motorcycles, Mr Shah proceeded to a government guest house. During his stay in Kochi, Mr Shah will meet the Kerala BJP unit's core committee members before attending another meeting of the state's National Democratic Alliance unit. He will also meet some bishops, BJP leaders aware of his schedule said.
BJP leaders in Kerala say Mr Shah's meeting with bishops may help the party build bridges with Christians, who constitute 20 per cent of the southern state's total vote bank. Kerala BJP in-charge H Raja had said Mr Shah's meeting with bishops is aimed at "understanding each other".
Mr Raja had said the BJP was becoming stronger in Kerala. "The party has started gaining ground in Kerala. A few popular people who have so far not been in politics will be welcomed to BJP during Amit Shah's Kerala visit," he had said.
"A few such cases are on the cards. Very popular people. Such people will also be joining BJP. Throughout the country, it has been happening and Kerala will not be an exception," Mr Raja had said.
Mr Shah will attend party programmes in Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow.
The BJP president is likely to criticise the Congress after members of the opposition party's youth wing killed a calf in public in Kerala to protest against the government's new rule on sale of cattle at animal markets. Beef is widely consumed in Kerala.